Amazon CEO christens largest wind farm to date in west Texas

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Internet-giant Amazon has announced its largest wind farm to date is fully operational. CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted a video on Thursday standing on top of one of the 300 foot tall wind turbines, christening the farm with the shattering of a champagne bottle.

The wind farm consists of over 100 turbines in Scurry County, Texas, a small county located about two hours southeast of Lubbock. Amazon Wind Farm Texas, according to a statement released Thursday, will produce over 1 million megawatt hours of the clean energy, powering more than 330.000 homes every year.

This project is the result of a partnership with Lincoln Clean Energy, who both built and will operate the farm. As a part of the deal, Amazon has a long-germ agreement to purchase 90 percent of the facility’s output.

Kara Hurt, Amazon’s worldwide director of sustainability said “Investing in renewable energy is a win-win-win-win – its right for our customers, our communities, our business, and our planet.” Amazon estimates that its clean energy projects will generate hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars for nearby communities.

Though project costs have not been officially released, most industry leaders estimate the cost to be over $300 million dollars.

Amazon is currently operating 18 wind and solar projects in the country, with an additional 35 more in the planning stages. Upcoming projects include smaller scale wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Ohio. Commenting on these projects Hurst said that they are “important steps toward reaching our long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy.”

“Scurry County has long been a hub for the energy industry, and we’re excited to expand our commitment to wind power generation with Amazon and Lincoln Clean Energy” said Scurry County Judge Ricky Fritz, “The wind industry has boosted the Texas economy with jobs, revenue to area landowners and property taxes that support our schools.”

Texas remains the nation’s leader in wind power with wind providing more than 15 percent of the state’s electricity.

Article written by HEI contributor Kevin Abbott.

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