As part of the company’s efforts to install 5o solar systems by 2020, on Tuesday, Amazon announced the launch of a 1.1 megawatt solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center.
The system is comprised of 3,145 individual solar modules on the roof of their 813,000 square foot facility. This is Amazon’s 28th renewable energy system installed and the 17th in the last 18 months. The company’s commitment to renewable energy is part of a much larger long-term goal to become 100% renewable.
Tom Chandlee, Senior Manager of Renewable Energy at Amazon, said of the project:
It’s exciting to see 17 of these solar rooftop systems go live in just over one year These projects are important steps toward our renewable energy goal and we hope they inspire our employees, customers, and communities as we work together to bring more renewable energy online in the coming months and years.
Amazon’s commitment to becoming fully renewable has been a concerted effort as of late. The company ranked third in installed solar capacity for 2017 with 17.5 MW of projects, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2017 Solar Means Business report. This put Amazon behind only Target and GGP Inc. The same report has Amazon ranked tenth in total installed solar capacity at 34 MW, an almost meteoric one-year rise, as Amazon wasn’t even in the top-25 in the 2016 report at 16.5 MW installed capacity.
Not only are supporters of the facility pleased by Amazon’s commitment to renewables, but by the impact that this and previous installations have had on local economies.
“Projects like Amazon’s solar rooftop installation will help propel Nevada’s economy into the future and solidify our state’s position as the Innovation State,” said U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D), NV. “It will also contribute to the state’s leadership in solar energy production and green jobs. Nevada shares Amazon’s commitment to promoting sustainability and championing renewable energy projects that are good for the environment and that create good paying jobs for Nevadans.”
Nevada is the fourth state to host an Amazon fulfillment center solar facility, joining its predecessors New Jersey, Maryland and California. The system uses solar panels and inverters provided by Sol Systems, as part of the two companies’ 2017 partnership.
Amazon Web Services, recognized independently of Amazon by SEIA, contracted for 260 MW of off-site solar in Virginia in 2017.