Amazon announced that it will build a solar farm somewhere in Warren County, Missouri by 2026. The electricity generated will serve 29,000 homes.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains incorrect information and has been corrected. Amazon is not building a new solar farm, but is instead purchasing energy generated by a farm already under construction. Read the correct information here: https://www.warrencountyrecord.com/stories/amazons-warren-county-solar-farm-information-incorrectly-reported,91220
Amazon has announced it will be bringing a 139 megawatt solar farm to Warren County.
The company said it had not yet determined the exact location of the new farm within the county as of Nov. 14. The farm is expected to open by 2026.
The new solar farm is expected to generate $34 million in economic investment for the county, according to a news release from Amazon.
The new farm is capable of generating enough power for more than 29,000 homes and will be the fourth in the state. The three other solar farms will be located in Calloway and Audrain counties, according to the news release.
The Missouri Independent reported that the locations will be in Cass County, Ill., Vandalia, and Bowling Green.
The solar projects will help power Amazon’s local operations, including Amazon fulfillment centers, sortation centers and delivery stations, while also providing new sources of clean power to local communities where the projects are located.
“At Amazon, we’re constantly seeking innovative ways to bring more solar and wind projects online, both to power our operations, and to bring new sources of clean energy to the communities where our customers live and work,” said Nat Sahlstrom, head of energy, water and sustainability for Amazon Web Services said in the news release. “These projects are also helping create jobs, support local businesses, and boost the local tax base, which are all part of Amazon’s broader commitment to become a more sustainable company.”
The project is part of a larger environmental commitment, Amazon officials said. The Warren County farm will be part of 78 new solar and wind energy projects announced this year and will bring Amazon’s total to 479 solar and wind projects globally.
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