Amazon will install large-scale solar systems on more than 15 fulfillment centers in 2017; on more than 50 centers by 2020

Written By: Stratton Report
March 2, 2017

Amazon

On March 2, Amazon announced it would generate energy by installing large-scale solar systems on the 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.

Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations observed:

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. 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.

According to the online retailer, the initial solar projects planned for completion by the end of 2017 will generate up to 41-MWs of power at Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware.

Amazon stressed that 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.

Additionally, Amazon noted that it  has expanded its Career Choice program to include funding for associates to earn North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certification. To qualify for the exam and become a certified 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.

Kara Hurst, Director of Amazon’s Worldwide Sustainability remarked:“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. It would be great one day soon to see former associates developing solar systems on the rooftops of our fulfillment centers.”