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Amazon Wind Farm Development Continues

The planned Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) is continuing development, having now met financial close and is moving ahead on schedule, including the announcement that Siemens will supply 65 turbines and 67 transformers.

Pattern Energy announced this week the closing of financing on the 150 MW Amazon Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) project, to be located in Benton County, Indiana. The project has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Amazon to provide energy for local Amazon Web Services (AWS) datacenters.

“The Amazon Wind Farm project has successfully closed financing and is moving ahead on schedule,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Development. “We look forward to helping Amazon power its customers’ businesses with domestic clean energy harnessed from the winds of Indiana.”

At the same time, Siemens announced that it would be providing 65 wind turbines and 67 transformers for the project. Installation is set to begin in July of this year, and commissioning is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2016. Siemens will also provide long-term service for the project.

“US technology companies such as Amazon are increasingly covering their rising energy demands with clean wind-based power,” stated Thomas Richterich, CEO of the Unit Onshore markets within the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “We are pleased to be part of this, together with our customer over many years, Pattern Energy, to render wind power sustainable and affordable.” Only at the end of last year did Amazon pledge to run its data centers throughout the world with power from renewable energy sources.

News of the partnership between Amazon and Pattern was first reported earlier this year, when Amazon Web Services announced that it would be supporting the construction of the 150 MW wind energy project. That news came only a few months after AWS announced that it intends to ensure 100% renewable energy usage.

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