In a significant step towards bolstering renewable energy infrastructure and supporting sustainable initiatives, National Grid Renewables proudly announced the commencement of operations for the Amazon Solar Farm Ohio – Yellowbud. The solar project, boasting a capacity of 274 megawatts (MW), is situated in Ross and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, strategically positioned within the PJM market.
Yellowbud has successfully secured an executed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Amazon, underlining the commitment to harnessing clean, solar energy for powering Amazon’s operations and advancing sustainability goals. Nat Sahlstrom, Amazon’s Head of Energy, Water and Sustainability, expressed enthusiasm, stating, “We’re eager to continue contributing to Ohio’s economic and environmental goals as part of Amazon’s commitment to become a more sustainable business.”
Moreover, Yellowbud’s operational phase is expected to yield substantial benefits for the region. Estimates indicate the generation of approximately $90 million in tax revenue, job creation, landowner income, and support for charitable initiatives, fortifying the local community.
A pivotal aspect of Yellowbud’s mission is to actively engage with and support local organizations and businesses. The project places a strong emphasis on employing local talent, exemplified by collaborations with entities like Optimal Outdoor Solutions, a local landscape company that secured a contract for mowing on the project site. Additionally, Yellowbud has appointed a long-time area resident as the onsite plant manager, demonstrating a dedication to fostering local talent.
Furthering their commitment to social responsibility, Yellowbud has extended support to the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters through charitable donations, as well as the Yellowbud PILOT program with Ohio University Chillicothe. These initiatives aim to empower children and students across the state, underscoring the project’s dedication to holistic community development.
The commencement of operations at the Amazon Solar Farm Ohio – Yellowbud represents a crucial stride towards clean energy adoption, economic growth, and community well-being, aligning with broader sustainability objectives.