Sustainability and environmentally friendly energy production are two major aspects of today's society that impact a variety of commercial sectors, the tech industry included. Amazon has reiterated its commitment to tackling these two with today's announcement.
According to the press release, the company is planning to install solar panels on the roofs of 15 of its fulfillment and sorting centers in the United States by the end of the year, collectively generating up to 41 megawatts of power. What's more, Amazon wants to extend the solar panel installations to 50 centers worldwide by 2020.
Regarding the move, Dave Clark, Senior VP of Worldwide Operations stated the following:
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.
Emphasizing the online retailer's dedication to environmental issues, Clarke points out that all told, projects both announced and commenced will generate around 3.6 million MW of renewable energy. Some of the highlights of Amazon's energy portfolio include its largest wind farm to date, located in Texas, joined by an assortment of solar and wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia which deliver power to AWS data centers and the grid.
The existing installations seem to be taking the heat quite well, so the future of Amazon's solar panel-laden rooftops looks bright.