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July 14, 2015

AWS to power cloud with wind, as Google turns coal plant renewable

Tech titans pushing for clean energy - Amazon goes for wind in largest ever renewable project, while Google plans $600m renewable-energy powered data centre.

By Joao Lima

In what will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date, AWS has announced plans to build a 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina, US.

The cloud provider has contracted Spanish Iberdrola Renewables to build the Amazon Wind Farm US East, which AWS expects to generate approximately 670,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually from December 2016.

The energy generated will be delivered into the electrical grid that supplies both current and future AWS Cloud data centres.

Jerry Hunter, VP of Infrastructure at AWS, said: "This agreement, and those previously in place, puts AWS on track to surpass our goal of 40 percent renewable energy globally by the end of 2016."

Rival Google has also announced it will invest $600 million to build a renewable-energy powered data centre inside a former coal-fired power plant.

The site will be powered by a range of different renewable sources including wind and water nearby the facility.

The search engine also plans to build an 808,355 square ft. data centre in Lithia Springs, GA to answer demand for data storage and internet usage.

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The facility will comprised of four levels and is expected to be concluded by the end of next year.

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