Amazon teams with Lincoln Clean Energy on 253-MW wind project in Texas

On-line retailer Amazon on Sept. 15 announced “Amazon Wind Farm Texas,” a new 253-MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas will include more than 100 turbines. Scheduled to open in late 2017, it will be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year.

“We’re excited to work with the community in Scurry County and Lincoln Clean Energy to generate 1,000,000 MWh of renewable energy each year from West Texas,” said Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon. “Amazon Wind Farm Texas is our largest renewable energy project to date and the newest milestone in our long-term sustainability efforts across the company.”

Amazon contracted with Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), which will construct, own and operate the new wind farm. Amazon will purchase about 90% of the power generated by the wind farm. LCE is a leading developer of U.S. wind and solar projects and is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital, a global infrastructure fund.

“We applaud Amazon’s leadership in directly purchasing renewable power,” said Declan Flanagan, founder and CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy. “Direct purchasing by large, long-term thinking customers like Amazon has quickly become a key driver of the transition to renewable power across the U.S.”

Lincoln Clean Energy has offices in Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. Since 2011, LCE has developed over 1,000 MW of renewable power projects in California, New Jersey and Texas.

The Sept. 15 announcement didn’t offer further specifics on the subject wind project. Notable is that filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission recently were interconnect deals for two large wind projects of Lincoln Clean Energy.

  • Oncor Electric Delivery Co. LLC filed with the commission on Aug. 19 a Standard Generation Interconnection Agreement with Dermott Wind LLC for a 253-MW project that is due in commercial operation on Aug. 30, 2017. The project’s Point of Interconnection is in Scurry County at the Dermott Switching Station. The switching station site is about 11 miles northwest of Snyder, and about 2.75 miles north of State Hwy. 84, adjacent to County Rd. 2127. This is a 253-MW project to be made up of 110 General Electric wind turbines sized at 2.3 MW each.
  • Oncor Electric Delivery filed a similar agreement with Coyote Wind LLC for a project that is due in commercial operation on Aug. 30, 2018. The agreement covers a 242.5-MW wind farm that will be composed of 97 General Electric wind turbines of 2.5 MW each. The Coyote Wind project’s Point of Interconnection will also be at the Dermott Switching Station.

The listed project contact information in both SGIAs is: Attn: Neil O’Donovan, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 501, Chicago, IL 60611, phone 312-527-1608, nodonovan@lincolnclean.com.

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