Yesterday Amazon announced a new initiative to install solar PV at its fulfillment centers, with plans to deploy PV systems at 50 centers around the world by 2020. As the first step, the company says that it will install PV on 15 fulfillment centers in the United States by the end of 2017, with a combined capacity of up to 41 MW.
These initial projects will be located at Amazon facilities in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware, and Amazon says that solar installations will generate up to 80% of each fulfillment center’s annual electricity needs.
VEVC Editor’s note:
In order to put these numbers into context:
- Tesla was able to install solar panels to power a whole island with 1.4 MW of capacity.
- Residential solar: usually 300W/panel x 20 panels = 6 kW
- as of 2015, the USA had 25,620 MW of installed PV capacity. See graphic below: