Thursday, September 22, 2016

Amazon Announces Plans for Texas Wind Farm


Amazon has developed a plan to build a 100-turbine wind farm in West Texas. The company, whose offices are located in Seattle, announced that the 253-megawatt wind farm will be located in Scurry County and will be the biggest renewable energy project that Amazon has created. The project is expected to bring about over 250 construction jobs to the county.

Lincoln Clean Energy, based in Chicago, has been contracted for the job and is expected to construct, own, and operate the farm. The project supposed to be completed by the end of the year 2017.

According executive director of Development Corp of Snyder, the wind farm has been in the works for the last two years. Amazon plans to buy over 90 percent of the power generated from the farm to power its Web services Cloud data centers. The farm is expected to produce 1 million megawatt-hours each year.

According to the Lavers, the county has never had one client buying so much power from the region and that the deal was a shot in the arm for the community given that there was a downturn in oil. The Amazon spokesman said that the wind firm will be on east sides of US 84 highway, and another wind farm, Fluvanna, is planned for the western side of the highway, but the price of the project is not yet disclosed. It is estimated that both wind farms will bring a total of over $400 million in investment to the county.

Members of the community that have been affected by oil downturn have started making plans for the jobs that are coming up in the areas. Some have started preparing groceries and other services for the workers who will be stationed at the farm.

Amazon has three other wind farms located in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana and a solar farm in Virginia. Declan Flanagan CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy applauded Amazon for purchasing renewable energy. He also added that long term thinking from clients like Amazon would be a major driver in transition to getting others purchase renewable energy around the USA.

Amazon has been in the forefront in taking in renewable energy as it expands across the country. Texas is best placed for wind farming owing to it climate, space and availability of strong wind. Other big companies such as HP, Proctor and Gamble, and Google are investing Texas wind farms as well.

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