In BriefRetail giant Amazon has announced the Amazon Wind Farm Texas, a massive farm housing more than 100 turbines that will add 1 million megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy to the local grid. It is the company's 18th renewable energy project in the U.S., with 35 more in the planning stages.
On Thursday, October 19, Amazon launched their largest wind farm yet. Located in Scurry County, the Amazon Wind Farm Texas houses more than 100 turbines that will add 1 million megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy to the local grid, enough to power over 90,000 American homes for a year, according to the official press release.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos officially christened the wind farm, breaking a bottle of what’s presumably champagne on top of one of the wind turbines, which is about 91 meters (300 feet) high with a rotor that’s twice the wingspan of a Boeing 787 in diameter.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) October 19, 2017
The Amazon Wind Farm Texas is owned and operated by Lincoln Clean Energy, and the entire project took only a little over a year to complete. With the addition of this new farm, Amazon’s wind and solar projects in the U.S. now total 18, with 35 more in the pipeline.
“These are important steps toward reaching our long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100 percent renewable energy,” said Kara Hurst, Amazon’s Director of Sustainability.
Aside from providing much-needed clean energy, the project is also expected to boost the local economy. Indeed, renewables everywhere are powering a clean environment and stronger economy, providing jobs and generating more investments than their fossil fuel counterparts.