Starting in May 2017, the Amazon Wind Farm US Central will generate approximately 320,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy per year. Current and future AWS Cloud data centers will utilize the energy by tapping the electrical grid in the U.S.
“AWS aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for global AWS infrastructure footprint,” said Jerry Hunter, vice president of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services.
The web hosting and cloud service provider aims to use 40 percent of power from renewable energy by the end of 2016 from approximately 25 percent at present.
In January 2015, Amazon announced a renewable project with the Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, to generate 500,000 MWh of wind power annually.
In April 2015, Amazon announced a pilot of Tesla’s energy storage batteries that are designed to help bridge the gap between intermittent production, from sources like wind, and the datacenter’s constant power demand.
Also in April 2015, AWS has tied up with the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) to work with state and federal policy makers to enable more renewable energy opportunities for cloud providers.
In June 2015, the company announced Amazon Solar Farm US East in Virginia to generate 170,000 MWh of solar power.
In July 2015, AWS announced Amazon Wind Farm US East in North Carolina to generate more than 670,000 MWh of energy.
Amazon’s renewable projects will be responsible for delivering more than 1.6 million MWh of additional renewable energy into electric grids across the central and eastern US.