Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, powered by Avangrid Renewables at Desert Wind
The Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East (formerly known as the Desert Wind project), a private wind energy electric power generation facility, will be the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina, and one of the first in the southeastern U.S. The facility, now under construction and expected to reach commercial operation by the end of 2016, will feature 104 wind turbines that can generate 208 megawatts (MW) of electricity at full capacity, enough to power more than 61,000 U.S. homes annually. The project will provide millions of dollars in tax and landowner revenue for decades.
The wind farm will be located in Perquimans and Pasquotank counties, in a rural section of northeastern North Carolina near Elizabeth City and Hertford, on approximately 22,000 acres leased from more than 60 local landowners. Once completed, the final project footprint, including roads, wind turbines, and an operations building, will be less than 200 acres. Avangrid Renewables will own and operate the project.