I Squared developer to build Amazon’s largest wind farm

This will be Amazon’s fifth renewable energy project in the US and continues the trend of tech giants powering data centres with wind and solar.

Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE), owned by I Squared Capital, has been contracted to build the largest windfarm tech giant Amazon has decided to build to power its data centres.

LCE plans to build a 253MW project in Scurry County in West Texas that will deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services data centres. The project will include more than 100 turbines that will generate 1,000,000 MW/hours of wind energy annually.

US tech companies including Amazon, Apple and Google have all invested heavily in clean energy to power their data centres in the US and other countries. This marks Amazon’s fifth such project in the US, with 538MW of wind and solar farms powering its operations in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In April, Facebook signed a power purchase agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to power its headquarters in Dublin and a new data centre in Ireland.

I Squared, an infrastructure fund manager, acquired LCE in January to expand its North American renewable portfolio. The deal brought LCE’s 780MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in California, New Jersey and Texas under I Squared’s management. LCE said it is planning to invest $250 million in projects up to 2018 and currently has over 2.5GW in its development pipeline.

Since it launched in 2009, Lincoln has developed more than $1.5 billion of clean energy assets in North America generating 1GW of power. Chief executive Declan Flanagan leads the clean energy developer, after working as chief executive for the renewable arm of power firm E.ON.