A 253-megawatt wind farm in Scurry county that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours of wind energy yearly was announced Thursday by Amazon.
Amazon Wind Farm Texas will produce enough energy in a year to power almost 90,000 homes.
The location will include more than 100 turbines, each with a rotor diameter twice as long as the wingspan of a Boeing 747, according to a news release from the Internet service company.
Scheduled to open in late 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Texas will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date.
Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers.
The company was criticized by Greenpeace in 2014 for not being among the “greenest” Internet companies for not relying more on renewable energy.
The five wind and solar projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year, enough to power more than 240,000 U.S. homes, the company said.
“We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate one million MWh of renewable energy each year from West Texas,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability with Amazon, who called the project the “newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”
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