Amazon, a U.S. based e-commerce giant, 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.
Amazon has a network of wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Its largest wind farm to date is in Texas.
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.
“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.