|2 March 2017|

USA

Amazon has announced plans to invest in solar energy at its fulfilment facilities worldwide in a move which further strengthens its sustainability credentials.

It confirmed today it will start by deploying large-scale solar systems on rooftops at 15 of its fulfillment and sortation centers in America this year. Amazon will then roll out the initiative globally, with 50 planned 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,” 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.”

Depending on certain variables, solar installations hold the potential to generate up to 80% of the annual energy needs at these sites.

By the end of this year, the solar projects planned for completion will generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware.