Amazon converting to solar energy

Amazon is planning to install solar panels at its warehouses and distribution centers around the world.

On Thursday the retail giant announced it is planning to install large-scale solar systems on the rooftops of over 15 “fulfillment” and “sortation” centers throughout the United States.

The initial projects are set to be completed by the end of this year and will produce as much as 41 megawatts of power at facilities located in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware.

Amazon also stated its plans to deploy solar systems at 50 of its facilities globally by 2020.

“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,” Dave Clark, senior vice president of Worldwide Operations, said in a statement.

“We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability—this is good for the environment, our business and our customers,” Clark added.

“By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers. It’s a win-win.”

Amazon is doing so with hopes of becoming a leader when it comes to sustainability.

For example, last year it announced its plans for Amazon Wind Farm Texas, a 253 megawatt wind farm in Texas, set to open at the end of this year.

Article written by HEI contributor Lydia Ezeakor.

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