Amazon to install 41MW of rooftop solar by end of 2017

Amazon is installing rooftop solar panels on more than 15 fulfillment facilities in the US this year to generate clean energy for the centers to run on, and it has plans to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and sorting centers globally by 2020, according to a company press release. The plan is to start with 15 system installations in the U.S.by the end of this year, with a longer-term plan of putting them on about 50 buildings by 2020.

Precise details on the scale of new investment were not disclosed, but Amazon said the first wave of installations would have a major impact on the company's carbon footprint delivering up to 41MW of solar capacity. Amazon says that it plans to introduce solar panels at 50 centers globally by 2020. "This is good for the environment, our business and our customers". Amazon can also keep business costs low by diversifying its energy portfolio. "It's a win-win".

Amazon announced on Thursday (2 March) that 15 fulfillment centres in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and DE will be fitted with rooftop solar arrays.

However, Amazon has been upping its game in recent times and six months ago announced its biggest renewable energy project to date when it committed to a 253-megawatt Texas wind farm, which is due to open this year. Amazon said it was the top corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the USA in 2016.

Amazon also has invested in a lot of renewable energy generated by wind turbines already. To qualify for the exam and become a certified photovoltaic (PV) installer for commercial and residential projects, associates in this program will participate in 40 to 80 hours of PV design principles and practices learning, OSHA training, and hands-on installations, all of which can be provided by local community colleges and other participating accredited educational organizations.

The company created a 100% renewable energy commitment in 2014.

"Certainly the cost of the technology and the increase in availability has been a contributor" to Amazon's ability to undertake the project, Kara Hurst, Amazon's director of sustainability, said in an interview. That would add up to a significant percentage of Amazon operations. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

  • Arturo Norris