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Amazon.com plans big solar-power rollout at warehouses

Amazon.com is putting the idle rooftops of a significant portion of its massive warehouses to work — by installing solar panels. The e-commerce giant says it will place solar power-generating systems in 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year. By 2020, 50 Amazon facilities around the globe will be drawing some energy from the sun.

The e-commerce giant says it will place solar power- generating systems in 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. this year. By 2020, 50 Amazon facilities around the globe will be drawing some energy from the sun.

That amounts to a meaningful percentage of Amazon operations: In the U.S., the company has about 95 warehouses and distribution centers and 29 regional sortation centers, while it has 149 facilities outside the U.S., according to MWPVL International, a logistics consultancy that closely tracks the size of Amazon’s empire. The energy impact could also be big: Amazon estimates that up to 80 percent of the power needed by a single location could be generated by the solar panels. Full article HERE.

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