Amazon announced it has started operations at the Amazon Solar Farm Ohio – Yellowbud. The 274 MW solar project located in Ross and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, was completed in partnership with National Renewable Grids and has executed a Power Purchase Agreement with Amazon.
“We’re investing in and scaling new renewable energy projects like Yellowbud that will help power our operations with 100% renewable energy while also bringing new jobs, economic benefits, and new sources of clean energy to local communities," said Amazon's Head of Energy, Water, and Sustainability, Nat Sahlstrom.
Yellowbud sits on nearly 1,300 acres of land and features more than 775,000 solar panels. In total, the solar farm is projected to offset more than 370,000 metric tons of CO2 each year, the equivalent of removing 55,000 cars from the road annually.
The project is also expected to deliver several benefits to the surrounding communities, including generating:
- $90 million in direct economic impact
- $50 million in new tax revenue
- $1,096,000 in charitable donations
Yellowbud’s support has already impacted the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters through charitable donations, as well as the Yellowbud PILOT program, which partners with Ohio University Chillicothe to benefit children and students across the state.
"Many in our areas have seen the recent local growth of the solar industry through projects like Yellowbud, and they are eager to learn more about energy innovations," said Roberta Milliken, Dean of Campus and Community Relations at Ohio University Chillicothe. "Our partnership with National Grid Renewables enables us to find ways to bring the conversation about renewable energies to our students and to also equip teachers with relevant and beneficial information about it."