Pattern Energy completes work on Amazon Web Services wind farm

Construction is finished on Pattern Energy’s 150 MW Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge project in Benton County, Indiana, the company reported Tuesday morning.

Amazon Web Services will buy 100 percent of the electricity produced at the plant. That power will feed the grids that serve Amazon‘s data centers.

“AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint, and we continue to make progress towards this goal,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President, Infrastructure at AWS. “We’re very excited to announce with Pattern Energy that the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge is now live and producing electricity, bringing a new source of clean energy to the grids that power our data centers.”

The Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge has 65 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines. The turbine blades, nacelles, towers, and transformers were manufactured in the United States.

The wind farm will create enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 46,000 homes each year, according to average annual residential energy use data from the U.S.

“It’s a privilege to team with AWS on the Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge, demonstrating the strong and growing appetite for wind power from the country’s leading corporations,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Energy. “This facility was completed on schedule and we are beginning 2016 with all 16 of our wind power facilities fully operational.”

The completion brings Pattern Energy’s total operational capacity to 2,282 MW. Since its initial public offering in 2013 Pattern has grown its portfolio by 119 percent, Garland added.

Amazon Web Services first announced the joint venture with Pattern in January 2015. The wind farm began full operations on the first day of this year.

In November 2014 AWS announced it was striving for 100-percent renewable energy usage on its global infrastructure footprint.

AWS is Amazon’s spinoff into a cloud-competing solutions business. The company, which started in 2006, provides services to businesses in 190 countries, according to the AWS website.

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