AMAZON WIND FARM OPERATIONAL IN NORTH CAROLINA
Spanning farm fields in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, the Amazon Wind Farm US East, powered by Avangrid Renewables at Desert Wind, is now the first commercial-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States. The facility reached full commercial operation this month and began delivering power in December 2016. It features 104 modern wind turbines that will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 61,000 U.S. homes each year. The 18-month construction put more than 30 North Carolina-based companies to work, featured a peak of more than 500 workers, and resulted in more than $18 million spent locally by Avangrid Renewables. The wind farm’s daily operation comprises a permanent crew of 17 on-site technicians, led by U.S. Army veteran and North Carolina native Chris Long. Avangrid Renewables was formed by a merger between Iberdrola USA and UIL Holdings Corporation in 2015.
As the result of a contract with Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, the energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centers. AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for their global infrastructure footprint. (Source and image: Avangrid)