Amazon delivers subsidy-free Scottish wind farm
Plugged in: Beinn an Tuirc 3 on Kintyre
Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Scotland is now operational and delivering clean energy to the UK grid.
The 14-turbine facility, located on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland, is the biggest built by ScottishPower without government support. It was constructed under a power purchase agreement with Amazon.
The online retailer is purchasing 100% of the power output from the 50 megawatt (MW) site, which is expected to deliver 168,000MW hours (MWh) of clean energy annually – enough energy to power 46,000 UK homes.
The output will power Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centres, corporate offices, and fulfilment centres across the UK.
Kintyre is the first of four large-scale renewable energy projects in the UK enabled by Amazon, all built at no cost to the public. Others include the 350MW Moray West offshore wind farm announced earlier this year.
Together these projects will provide a total capacity of 529MW of clean energy, supporting both the UK and Scotland in meeting their 2030 renewable energy targets.
Amazon is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in Europe with announced investments to supply over 2.7 gigawatts (GW) of new electricity production capacity.
Once complete, these projects will produce more than 8.4 million MW hours (MWh) of renewable energy annually, which is enough to power 2.2 million average European homes for a year.
The energy generated from these projects will power Amazon and AWS data centres, corporate offices, and fulfilment centres across the UK.