Amazon a buyer for power generated by North Carolina wind farm, South's first big wind project

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A division of Amazon is buying the renewable energy generated by the South's first big wind-power project.

Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. A groundbreaking for the project being built by Iberdrola Renewables is scheduled for Tuesday.

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The completed wind farm is expected to produce enough power for more than 60,000 homes by the end of 2016.

Amazon Web Services operates a series of electricity-hungry Internet servers that are used to offer cloud computing services that can be accessed from any machine with an Internet connection. The fast-growing division of Amazon announced revenues of more than $1.5 billion in the most recent quarter.