Amazon announced on June 10 that it plans to build a new solar farm operational in 2016. These new plans mean Amazon goes even greener by using solar farms and that it is serious about becoming 100 percent reliant on renewable energies.
Amazon Web Services Incorporate states on its website that they are already using green energies to power as much as 25 percent of their global electric consumption.
Amazon announced that the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 15.000 American homes. The solar farm build by Amazon will have a project budged of 200 million dollars and will cover an area of 900 acres.
This is not Amazon’s only venture into green technologies. Amazon also launched Vine.com a website that allows customers to buy green products. These range from organic and free-range produced food, to cleaning solutions that do not use harmful chemicals and are not negatively affecting the environment.
2 years ago Amazon purchased Quidsi a company who runs several shopping sites, Vine.com is now a part of Quidsi’s website projects.
Amazon’s solar farm brings benefits to the state of Virginia by creating jobs in the building and maintenance of these green projects. The farms will be build in Accomack County.
Green energy supplied by the new solar farms will be used to power both current and future AWS Cloud data centers.
Amazon is not the only company to invest in solar farms. Recently Apple announced they will build a new 850 million dollar solar farm, to power it’s California operation using green energies.
But not everyone was happy with the location Apple chose for its latest solar farm project. Environmentalists claim the land Apple chose is home to endangered and threatened species.
Intel, Microsoft and Google also use green energies and solar farms to power their operational hubs from around the U.S.
Countries like the U.S. Germany and Spain, greatly support the build of solar farming systems and sponsor private initiatives through subsidies and tax cuts.
While Amazon builds its own solar farms in order to power its operational systems with renewable energies, other companies, prefer to negotiate contracts with private green energy producers.
Some companies commit to buying all of the renewable energy made by a certain private operator, signing contracts for periods of up to decades.
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