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Amazon to install 41MW of solar

In international news, American electronic commerce and cloud computing company, Amazon, has plans to install rooftop solar power systems on 15 of its American fulfilment and sortation centres by 2018.

Climate Action reported that the installations will have a combined power capacity of up to 41MW.

“The centres – located in California, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada and New Jersey – confirm the online retail giant’s commitment to greening its operations,” Climate Action said.

Amazon sees renewable benefit

According to the e-commerce firm, while power output from the new installations would vary according to location and season, the projects are expected to produce around 80% of a single facility’s annually energy demand.

Climate Action highlighted: “Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Patterson, California, is already host to an extensive rooftop solar power system, with solar panels covering more than three quarters of the roof of the 1.1 million square foot building – powering hundreds of Amazon robots operated by staff inside the warehouse.”

Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon, said: “As our fulfilment 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.”

He added: “By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers.”

Renewable portfolio

According to Climate Action, in Texas, Amazon has installed its largest wind farm, with a capacity of 253MW, generating approximately 1 million MWh of energy each year.

Clark said: “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.”

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.