Pattern to sell power to Amazon from Indiana wind farm

Pattern Energy Group LP has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply power to Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company.

AWS will acquire the production from the 150-MW Fowler Ridge IV Wind project, to be renamed Amazon Web Services Wind Farm. Pattern owns 100% of the project, which is located in Benton County, Indiana. Pattern expects to begin construction in April and anticipates reaching commercial operation in late 2015 or early 2016.

“We are excited to be working with Amazon Web Services as they progress toward their goal of using 100% renewable energy,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern, in a Jan. 20 statement. “We commend Amazon Web Services on its vision and leadership in cloud computing and its commitment to sustainability.”

“Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) brings a new source of clean energy to the electric grid where we currently operate a large number of data centers and have ongoing expansion plans to support our growing customer base,” said Jerry Hunter, Vice President of Infrastructure at Amazon Web Services. “This PPA helps to increase the renewable energy used to power our infrastructure in the US and is one of many sustainability activities and renewable energy projects for powering our data centers that we currently have in the works.”

Upon completion, the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm is expected to generate approximately 500,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind power annually. This project has been added by affiliate company Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGI) (TSX: PEG) to its list of identified Right of First Offer (ROFO) projects.

Pattern Energy Group LP is a leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets. With a long history in wind energy, its highly-experienced team has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 3,000 MW of wind power projects. It has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, Toronto, and Santiago, Chile.

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