Amazon has been building out wind generation capacity in part to power the servers hosting Amazon Web Services. The unit has a long-term commitment to power 100% of its services through renewable energy, and according to the company, 40% of AWS’ power will come from renewable sources by the end of 2016. Amazon’s renewable energy installations also include wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio, and a solar farm in Virginia.
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But critics have pointed out the AWS roadmap is not as detailed as it could be, and it's in a renewables race with other tech giants.
Google is also aiming for 100% renewable sources, and has said it is the largest non-utility purchaser of renewable energy in the world. Apple claims that in 2015, 93% of its energy came from renewable sources, and its data centers are already 100% run on renewables (though that claim does rely on carbon trading). Facebook, which also uses Texas wind facilities, is aiming for 50% of its data center power to come from renewables by 2018. Even slightly smaller companies like Salesforce have made big commitments to renewable energy.
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The new Amazon wind farm is being developed in partnership with Lincoln Clean Energy. Lincoln founder and CEO Declan Flanagan said in a statement that these sorts of direct purchases of renewable energy projects by large customers has become a “key driver of the transition to renewable power” in the United States.