Amazon plans wind farm in West Texas




SEATTLE — said Thursday it plans to build a mammoth wind farm in West Texas — its biggest to date — as it endeavors to make its cloud business more environmentally friendly.

The farm, located in the heart of Texas’ wind country, will yield a million megawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power 90,000 households. With more than 100 turbines, it represents a more than 60 percent jump in the generation capacity of the renewable energy projects announced by Amazon so far.

The move is part of Amazon’s long-term goal to draw all the electricity that powers its hungry data centers from renewable sources. The company said that as of April last year, a quarter of the power its global infrastructure used came from renewables, and it estimated its use of renewables would reach 40 percent by the end of 2016.

The Texas wind farm, scheduled to open in late 2017, is Amazon’s fifth renewable project. There are others in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.