Amazon Hires Spain’s Iberdrola to Build North Carolina Wind Farm

Amazon.com Inc. hired the U.S. unit of Spanish energy company Iberdrola SA to build and run a 208-megawatt wind farm in North Carolina that the online retailer will use to power its data centers.

Amazon Wind Farm US East in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, North Carolina, will open in December 2016 and supply power to Amazon Web Services data centers, the Seattle-based company said Monday in a statement. Iberdola is based in Bilbao, Spain, and is the country’s largest electricity company.

Amazon’s cloud-computing unit joined technology companies switching to clean energy. In November, the unit set a goal to get all of its power from renewables, up from about 25 percent currently. By the end of next year, the company aims to reach 40 percent.

Apple Inc. powers all of its data centers with renewable energy and Google Inc. gets 35 percent of its electricity from solar panels and wind turbines that cut emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.

Amazon agreed in January to buy power for 13 years from a 150-megawatt wind farm in Indiana from Pattern Energy Group LP, the owner and developer of the project.