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Amazon is going green.

In a move to harness natural energy, the global tech brand announced plans to build an 80-megawatt solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia.

The large-scale solar facility will have the capacity to power 15,000 US homes annually. Amazon plans to divert the energy from the farm to its data centers. The company is teaming up with Community Energy for the construction and operation of the project. Upon completion, the solar farm will be named Amazon Solar Farm US East.

“Amazon’s new solar project will create good jobs on the Eastern Shore and generate more clean, renewable energy to fuel the new Virginia economy,” highlighted Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The project marks the largest solar site in Virginia, where majority of Amazon’s data centers are located.

Solar energy Amazon

100 Percent Renewable Energy Is the Goal

Amazon’s long-term plan is to fully shift to renewable energy. Numerous businesses rely on the company’s cloud services for their websites and daily operations. In particular, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Pinterest and Tumblr all use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform.

By going green, Amazon is indirectly helping other establishments take a positive stand on poor energy consumption and practices.

“We continue to make significant progress towards our long-term commitment to power the global Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure with 100 percent renewable energy,” said Jerry Hunter, vice president of infrastructure at AWS.

Earlier this year, the company revealed its plans to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. With the help of Pattern Energy Group, the construction phase should be complete by 2016. Under the 13-year agreement, both parties will continue to work together for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility.

Wind energy from the Amazon Web Services Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) will also be used to power AWS data centers.

Amazon Has Some Catching up to Do

According to data from Greenpeace, Amazon’s efforts of going solar are long overdue. Other tech giants in the industry have made serious initiatives and progress in switching to alternative energy sources. Apple currently leads the group with all of its US data centers, stores and offices hooked up on clean power facilities.

Facebook runs almost half (49 percent) of its business on green sources. Last year, the social media company unveiled a data center that utilizes wind energy.

Ebay, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard sit at the bottom of the listing. Amazon and Salesforce top the charts for most nuclear power usage with 26 percent.

Amazon and Tesla collaboration for solar batteries

Amazon and Tesla

Amazon is currently testing Tesla batteries to boost its solar capacity. If all goes well, the storage machines will be used to support growing data hubs in the US West region.

“We’ve been working closely with Tesla for the past year to drive innovative applications of high-capacity battery technology in data center applications with the ultimate goal of reducing the technical barriers limiting widespread adoption of renewables in the grid,” highlighted James Hamilton, Distinguished Engineer at AWS.

Target, Enernoc, and Jackson Family Wine are also piloting the stackable battery units for renewable energy distribution projects.

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