Amazon Brings on Five New Solar Projects to Power Its Cloud
Amazon Web Services is bringing on five new solar farms to help power its massive cloud data centers. The new solar facilities, all in Virginia, will bring 180 megawatts of power onto the grid by the end of next year, the company announced late Thursday. Those new facilities, along with Amazon’s existing plants, are expected to provide 580,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy annually.
Four of the farms are rated at 20 megawatts in capacity, while the fifth is a 100-megawatt facility. They are scattered across several Virginia counties. Why this state? For one thing, Amazon’s largest and oldest, data center farm is located outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia.
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