PAULDING COUNTY – It appears the wind industry is not at a complete standstill in northwestern Ohio. Amazon Web Services announced Thursday it is partnering with EDP Renewables to build and operate a 100-megawatt wind farm in Paulding County.
An Amazon Web Services press release published at businesswire.com says the project will begin generating 320,000 megawatts of wind energy annually beginning in May of 2017. The power would be enough to provide electricity for 29,000 homes in the U.S.A. in a year. The energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.
“We continue to pursue projects that help to develop more renewable energy sources to the grids that power AWS data centers and bring us closer to achieving our long-term goal of powering our global infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “Our previously announced renewable energy projects put AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016. This latest project, Amazon Wind Farm US Central, pushes our renewable energy percentage even higher.”
“Ohio continues to benefit from the strong relationship that JobsOhio and its business development partners have fostered with Amazon,” said John Minor, President and Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio. “Building upon news from earlier this year that AWS would develop cloud data centers in Ohio, we are excited that AWS is making another significant investment here and look forward to partnering with Amazon as it continues to grow in our state.”
EDP Renewables operates the Timber Road Wind Farm that has been operational in Paulding County since the summer of 2011. EDP is also the fourth largest producer of wind power in the world. The company operates in 12 markets around the world (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, United States, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania and Mexico).
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