Amazon Web Services has signed a new 98.4 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with sustainable energy company Avangrid.
Power will be sourced from an Avangrid wind farm in Gilliam County, Oregon. The Amazon Wind Farm Oregon – Leaning Juniper IIA will extend the life of the existing wind farm and consists of 40 turbines. According to a statement, the facilirt will produce enough energy to power 22,800 homes every year.
Avangrid will also recycle all turbine blades that will be decommissioned with the new project.
“We are proud to have signed this agreement with Amazon, a company that shares our commitment to accelerating the global transition to renewable energy,” said Pedro Azagra, Avangrid CEO. “With projects like this, we are not only supporting Amazon’s climate goals, but creating jobs and contributing to local communities.”
“Amazon is excited to announce our first utility-scale renewable energy project in Oregon,” added Abhishek Sharma, Head of Energy Strategy for Amazon Web Services (AWS). “The project adds to the 2 GW of renewable energy capacity Amazon has already enabled across the western US grid. This has contributed to Amazon being the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy for four years running, and will help Amazon remain on a path to utilising 100% renewable energy for the electricity powering its operations by 2025.”
“Repowering represents a tremendous opportunity for Avangrid to capitalise on benefits from the Inflation Reduction Act,” continued Azagra.
“Avangrid’s large existing on-shore wind fleet will enable many more re-powerings like this one over the next decade. In doing so, we take advantage of improving technologies to generate more renewable power more efficiently and extend the positive impact these projects deliver locally.”