Amazon division to use power generated by big NC wind farm

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an Amazon.com package awaits delivery from UPS in Palo Alto, Calif. Amazon on Thursday, March 13, 2014 said it is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20. It's the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program in 2005. T(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A division of Amazon is buying the renewable energy generated by the South’s first big wind-power project.

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. A groundbreaking for the project being built by Iberdrola Renewables is scheduled for Tuesday.

The completed wind farm is expected to produce enough power for more than 60,000 homes by the end of 2016.

Amazon Web Services operates a series of electricity-hungry Internet servers that are used to offer cloud computing services that can be accessed from any machine with an Internet connection. The fast-growing division of Amazon announced revenues of more than $1.5 billion in the most recent quarter.

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