Amazon to install solar systems on 50 fulfillment facility rooftops
worldwide by 2020
Initial 15 solar installations planned for completion by the end of
2017 will generate up to 41 MW
Video and photos of Amazon’s solar installation available at www.amazon.com/about
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 2, 2017--
(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced a new initiative to generate clean
energy by installing solar panels on its fulfillment facilities around
the world. The company plans to deploy large-scale solar systems on
rooftops of more than 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S.
this year and is planning to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and
sortation centers globally by 2020. For high-resolution imagery of the
project, visit www.amazon.com/about.
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Aerial view of two Amazon fulfillment facilities with solar systems on their rooftops. Photo credit: P2 Photography.
“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 initial solar projects planned for completion by the end of 2017
will generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at Amazon facilities in
California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware. Depending on the
specific project, time of year and other factors, a solar installation
could generate as much as 80 percent of a single fulfillment facility’s
annual energy needs. For example, solar panels installed on the rooftop
of the Patterson, California, fulfillment center cover more than
three-quarters of the 1.1 million square foot building’s rooftop and
will capture California’s most generous resource to power the hundreds
of Amazon Robotics utilized by associates at ground-level.
Amazon’s recent renewable energy projects include the company’s largest
wind farm to date, located in Texas. In addition, a network of wind and
solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia are delivering
energy onto the electric grid that powers AWS data centers. To date,
Amazon has announced or commenced construction on projects which will
generate a total of 3.6 million MW of renewable energy. Amazon was the
leading corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the US in 2016,
according to according to the 2017 State of Green Business report. Other
examples of Amazon’s sustainability-focused projects include green
corporate rooftops and the District Energy Project, which uses recycled
energy for heating the company’s corporate headquarters in Seattle.
Additionally, Amazon has expanded its innovative Career
Choice program to include funding for associates to earn North
American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification.
According to the annual National Solar Jobs Census, one in 50 new jobs
created in 2016 was in the solar industry across the country, which is a
25 percent increase from the previous year. 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. Because the industry is growing so quickly, many PV
installers may quickly find themselves in leadership roles as managers,
designers, and developers of renewable energy projects across the globe.
“The NABCEP professional accreditation is a spring board for fulfillment
center associates to enter a rapidly growing and in-demand workforce
outside of Amazon as PV installers,” said Kara Hurst, Director of
Amazon’s Worldwide Sustainability. “It would be great one day soon to
see former associates developing solar systems on the rooftops of our
To learn more about Amazon’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.amazon.com/sustainability.
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competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
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