Amazon to install large-scale solar systems on 50 facilities by 2020
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Amazon has announced plans to install 41 megawatts worth of solar power on the roofs of its U.S. facilities this year.
The project is part of the company’s larger initiative to install solar systems on 50 of its order fulfillment facilities around the globe by 2020, according to Inhabitat.
“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 Worldwide Operations. “We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability. 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.”
The solar projects planned for this year will see a total of 41 megawatts installed on the rooftops of Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware. Depending on various factors, the solar installations could provide the facilities with up to 80 percent of the energy needed to run, officials said.
According to Amazon, the company is also working on other clean energy projects, including a wind farm in Texas and a network of wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. It’s also possible some of this power could be used to energize other initiatives Amazon is working on, such as the eventual delivery of orders by drones, and the company’s plans to build a giant floating warehouse in the sky from which the drones would work.
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