Amazon Web Services Announces New Renewable Energy Project in Virginia
On June 10, 2015, Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that it has teamed with Community Energy to support the construction and operation of a solar farm in Virginia to power AWS Cloud data centers. AWS and Community Energy entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) in which Community Energy will build and operate an 80 megawatt (MW) solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia, and Amazon will buy the energy it produces over a 15-to-25 year period. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised AWS in the transaction.
Known as "Amazon Solar Farm US East," the new solar farm is expected to start generating approximately 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar power annually as early as October 2016—or the equivalent of that used by approximately 15,000 U.S. homes in a year. It will be the largest solar farm in the state of Virginia, with all energy generated delivered into the electrical grids that supply both current and future AWS Cloud datacenters.
In November 2014, AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint. Both the PPA for Amazon Solar Farm US East and a similar PPA for Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana, that was announced in January 2015 represent AWS's steps toward meeting its goals.
For more information concerning AWS's latest renewable energy project, please see the company's press release.