Amazon Wind Farm Providing Economic Benefits to North Carolina Counties
Jan. 22, 2018
Public News Service reports that in January, Amazon Wind Farm paid $640,000 to the two counties it calls home (Perquimans and Pasquotank), making it the largest taxpayer for both counties. Area landowners also receive more than $600,000 a year in lease payments from the wind farm developers, and county residents also saw economic benefits during project construction. The energy generated supplies an Amazon Web Services Cloud data center.
Check out the 2017 EERE Success Story featuring the Amazon Wind Farm and the Southeastern Wind Coalition, a DOE WINDExchange Regional Resource Center. The Southeastern Wind Coalition organized and led North Carolina state legislators on two tours of the Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, the first wind energy project in the state. The tours of the site near Elizabeth City, North Carolina, were meant to educate stakeholders about the economic benefits as well as potential impacts of the project, including those to military operations as there is a Navy radar system in the region.