Amazon is not building a new solar farm in Warren County, Missouri, but will instead be purchasing electricity from a facility already under construction.
A story that ran in the Nov. 16 edition of The Warren County Record contained incorrect information.
The initial information was provided directly by Amazon, but Warren County Presiding Commissioner Joe Gildehaus said Amazon is not building a new facility, only buying electricity from a solar farm already under construction. The county has already approved construction of this farm.
Gildehaus put The Record in touch with the power company, D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, who confirmed that information.
“The Blue Bird Solar project is owned by D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments,” the company said in an emailed statement to The Record. “The project has a long-term, power purchase agreement with Amazon to sell them the electricity and renewable energy credits. Amazon does not own the project. DESRI is extremely excited about working with Amazon to further their environmental goals with new, solar energy that create new investment in communities across the U.S."
An Amazon spokeswoman clarified and confirmed that the company will not be building its own solar farm, but provided no additional details in an email to The Record.
The initial information about Amazon's investment in the solar farm in the county was announced in a news release from the company sent Nov. 14 to multiple news sites in the region, including The Warren County Record.
Editor's note: This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available. Please see the Nov. 30 edition for more information.
About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at email@example.com