Last year American commerce giant, Amazon, revealed that they will commit to running their Web Services completely on renewable energy. The promise to run the cloud based technology in an environmentally friendly way is a big commitment, and Amazon has taken major steps in the field of sustainable engineering by signing a 13 year contract with the Pattern Energy Group.
This partnership between Amazon Web Services and Pattern Energy will be one of the latest mega projects in the field of engineering that seriously considers our global need for clean energy initiatives.
Amazon Releases Official Commitment to Renewable Energy
On January 20th, the company stated in a press release that they will “support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt wind farm”. The appropriately named, “Amazon Web Services Wind Farm”, will be located in Benton County, Indiana, and plans to begin operations as early as January 2016. Although Amazon Web Services does not power homes, the amount of megawatt hours generated at the farm, which is around 500,000 megawatt hours, would be equivalent to the amount of power needed to sustain approximately 46,000 homes each year.
Greenpeace Criticizes Amazon’s Company Practices
As the global community is paying more and more attention to the science behind renewable energy, they are also turning a critical eye on larger corporations and industrial institutions, which have a questionable relationship to clean energy. Thus, Amazon fell under fire when Greenpeace issued a report, claiming that AWS is severely behind their other competitors when it comes to developing internet that runs on renewable energy sources. The report continued by claiming that Amazon was the “least transparent of any company we evaluated.”
As a result of their exponential growth and a push to change their business practices, Amazon is now joining the community of companies committed to the environment, such as Apple and Google, and Deepwater Wind, an offshore company currently developing deep water utility-scale wind farms that aim to provide an abundance of clean energy.