ScottishPower starts operating Amazon-backed UK wind farm

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Oct 28 (Reuters) - British utility ScottishPower, owned by Spain's Iberdrola, has started operating a 50 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scotland that will supply online retail giant Amazon, it said on Thursday.

The Beinn an Tuirc 3 wind farm on the Kintyre peninsula consists of 14 turbines with a total capacity of 50 megawatts (MW), enough to power 46,000 homes, and was built without any government support, ScottishPower Renewables said in a statement.

It was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Amazon, which is purchasing 100% of the wind farm's output to power Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) corporate offices, data and fulfilment centres across the United Kingdom.

Beinn an Tuirc 3 is Amazon's first operational renewable energy project in the United Kingdom, it added.

The company aims to power its operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025 and has three more large-scale renewable projects in development across Britain, Amazon's UK country manager John Boumphrey said in the statement.

(Reporting by Nora Buli in Oslo; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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