June 1 (Renewables Now) - US online retailer Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) this week switched on a 1.1-MW rooftop solar system on its fulfillment centre in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Including this installation, Amazon has deployed 17 rooftop solar arrays in the US over the past 14 months. It aims to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems worldwide by 2020. The project is part of the company's long-term goal of using 100% renewable energy to power its global operations footprint.
The system was built by Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a company owned by Clean Focus. It uses 3,145 Neo Solar Power solar modules of 360 W each and is expected to produce 1.132 million kWh a year. Amazon will purchase the electricity generated. Greenskies will maintain the solar system, while Clean Focus Yield will operate it as part of its portfolio of commercial, industrial, small utility and community solar projects.