Amazon Web Services Rides the Wind to its Cloud
Many years ago there was a trend among digital enterprises toward using green hosting, technologies and eco-friendly processes aimed at reducing environmental impact. While green hosting has somewhat fallen out of vogue among the general 'Net community, the move toward using sustainable energy got another big boost recently.
Amazon Web Services has teamed with Pattern Energy to support the construction and operation of a wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. The Amazon Web Services Wind Farm is expected to generate approximately 500,000 megawatt hours of wind power annually (the equivalent of providing power to 46,000 U.S. homes) in as soon as one year (January 2016). The energy generated will be used to power current and future AWS Cloud datacenters.
“Amazon Web Services Wind Farm will bring a new source of clean energy to the electric grid where we currently operate a large number of datacenters and have ongoing expansion plans to support our growing customer base,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “This PPA helps to increase the renewable energy used to power our infrastructure in the U.S. and is one of many sustainability activities and renewable energy projects for powering our datacenters that we currently have in the works.”