The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has announced to install solar panels on 50 fulfilment facility rooftops worldwide by 2020. In 2017, the retailer is planning to deploy large-scale solar systems on rooftops of more than 15 fulfilment and sortation centres in the US.
The initial solar projects planned for completion by the end of 2017 will generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware.
According to the Amazon, “Depending on the specific project, time of year and other factors, a solar installation could generate as much as 80 per cent of a single fulfilment facility’s annual energy needs.” That energy will provide electricity for everything from keeping the lights on to powering Amazon Robotics at fulfilment centres.
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In recent times, Amazon has built out wind and solar farms in Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia to mitigate the tremendous amount of power needed to sustain its data centres around the US. To date, Amazon has commenced construction on projects which will generate a total of 3.6 million MWh of renewable energy.
“We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability—this is good for the environment, our business, and our customers,” explained Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, adding, “By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win.”