Amazon Web Services planting another wind farm to power data centers

Amazon has unveiled initial plans for another facility promising to employ renewable energy technologies to power future data centers.

As the Amazon Web Services cloud gets bigger, so must its data center shadow.

But planting those data centers around the world is a costly effort on both the balance sheet and the environment.

Thus, the Internet giant is plotting another wind farm, touting renewable energy technologies as the backbone and power source for both current and future AWS data centers.

The next wind farm will be constructed in Paulding County, Ohio. Code named Amazon Wind Farm US Central, it is scheduled to launch operations in May 2017.

The Seattle-based corporation tapped Spanish renewable energy company EDP Renewables -- boasted to be the fourth largest producer of wind power worldwide -- to develop the wind farm.

As Amazon's fourth major renewable energy project introduced in 2015, the 100-megawatt new wind farm is projected to generate approximately 320,000 megawatt hours of wind energy annually.

The company translated that as enough to power more than 29,000 U.S. homes within the span of one year.

The Ohio location follows up plans unveiled earlier this year for a similar facility in North Carolina, which will be the first of its kind in that state.

The Amazon Wind Farm US East is projected to be operational by December 2016. The 208-megawatt wind farm has been designed to be capable of powering the equivalent of more than 61,000 U.S. homes in a year.

Amazon also has renewable energy projects in the works in Indiana and Virginia.

Correction: A previous version of this article said Amazon has wind farms in the works in Indiana and Virginia. To clarify, the Virginia project is a solar farm where as Indiana's site is also a wind farm.