Amazon Is Turning the Rooftops of Its Warehouses into Solar Energy Stations

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The e-commerce giant, Amazon, has announced that it is turning the rooftops of 15 of its fulfillment centers into solar energy stations, generating around 41 mW of power.

According to Dave Clark, senior vice-president of worldwide operations for Amazon, the move is good for the company, as well as the planet. He said:

“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.”

Currently, American households consume power at an average rate of 1.2 kW. This means that, with the completion of this project, the company’s generation capacity would be able to support the energy needs of an estimated 34,000 homes.

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the use of solar power has continued to spread across the country, where power companies, businesses, and homes have installed 4,143 mW of generation capacity in the third quarter of 2016 alone. To date, the country is already generating 35.8 gW of solar power.

As for the ultimate goal of Amazon, it plans to install solar energy stations at 50 of its warehouses by 2020. It has also invested in wind turbines to further boost its total renewable energy capacity.