Amazon fulfilling solar power commitment

Amazon is to power it fulfilment centres across the United States through on-site solar photovoltaic energy.

The online retail giant said it has plans in place to deploy “large-scale solar systems” on the centers’ rooftops.

15 fulfillment and sortation centers across the country will receive the solar panels in 2017,à‚ generatingà‚ up to 41 MW of power at the company’s facilities in New Jersey, California, Maryland, à‚ Delaware, and Nevada. Amazon says that it plans to introduce solar panels at 50 centers globally by 2020.
The company says thatà‚ a specific solar installation could generate “as much as 80 percent of a single fulfillment facility’s annual energy needs,” though this will naturally depend onà‚ the time of year, among other environmental factors ࢀ” some centers will be located in places where there is more sunshine.

“As our fulfillment network continues to expand, we want to help generate more renewable energy at both existing and new facilities around the world in partnership with community and business leaders,” said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwideà‚ operations, in a statement. “We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainabilityà‚ à¢€” this is good for the environment, our business and our customers. By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win.”

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