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“It’s an honor to team with AWS and dedicate the new Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, which is now generating clean power for their growing business,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. “We commend AWS on its vision and leadership in cloud computing and its commitment to sustainability. This demonstrates the strong and growing appetite for wind power from the country’s leading corporations.”
The Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge consists of 65 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with parts made in the U.S. The wind turbine blades, nacelles, towers, and transformers were manufactured in the United States. The 150 MW facility will create enough clean energy to power 46,000 homes each year, according to average annual residential energy use data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
“Siemens is proud that workers at our factories in the Midwest produced the turbines for the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, which continues an exciting trend of technology companies and major corporations turning to wind power for their energy needs. As wind becomes an increasingly important part of our nation’s energy mix, we are pleased to partner once again with Pattern Energy to deliver sustainable and affordable wind energy,” said Jacob Andersen, CEO Onshore Americas, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.
An average of 175 workers were on site during construction, which was managed by Mortenson Construction, with up to 300 workers on site during peak construction activity. There are ten full-time permanent workers to operate and maintain the facility. The Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge is expected to add an estimated $45 million over 25 years to the regional economy through property taxes, landowner royalties, and support for local causes.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. is an independent power company listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market and Toronto Stock Exchange. Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 17 wind power facilities, including one it has agreed to acquire, with a total owned interest of 2,554 MW in the United States, Canada and Chile that use proven, best-in-class technology. Pattern Energy’s wind power facilities generate stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets and provide a solid foundation for the continued growth of the business.