E-commerce retailer Amazon.com has signed a 13-year power purchase agreement with Pattern Energy Group LP who will supply power from its 150MW wind farm in Benton County, Indiana.

The renewable energy will power the online merchant’s data centres as part of its global clean energy objective.

Amazon’s cloud computing services has 11 data centres globally with an estimated 1 million users, Bloomberg reported.

Software company Apple Inc. and global search engine Google Inc. both power their data centres by renewable energy sources. Google’s energy consumption is powered by 35% solar and wind generated power.

David Pomerantz, senior energy campaigner at Greenpeace said that Amazon’s power deal was a ‘good first step to meet the promise’ of achieving its clean energy initiative.

According to Jerry Hunter, vice president of infrastructure at Seattle-based cloud computing unit, Amazon has plans to adopt additional renewable power into its future plans.

This deal is ‘one of many sustainability activities and renewable energy projects for powering our data centres that we currently have in the works’, Hunter said in a statement.

 

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.