Bringing the company another step closer to its goal of powering its global operations footprint with 100% renewable energy, Amazon has launched a 1.1 MW solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center.
The solar project represents Amazon’s second in the state of Nevada, as well as the company’s 17th rooftop solar installation over the past 14 months in the U.S. Amazon has a goal, set in March 2017, to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems globally by 2020.
“It’s exciting to see 17 of these solar rooftop systems go live in just over one year,” says Tom Chandlee, senior manager of renewable energy at Amazon. “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.”
The new facility sits atop an 813,000-square-foot roof and consists of 3,145 individual solar modules – making up an array the size of three-and-a-half football fields. The emissions avoided through this installation alone are equivalent to 3.3 million miles driven by an average gas-powered passenger car, notes Amazon.
Amazon’s recently announced renewable energy projects also include solar arrays on fulfillment center rooftops in California, Maryland and New Jersey, as well as wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. The company was recently named in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s top 10 list of corporate solar adopters. In total, the e-retailer now has 28 wind and solar energy projects across the U.S.
“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. It will also contribute to the state’s leadership in solar energy production and green jobs,” states U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. “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.”