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Amazon Having Solar Panels Installed

Many of you both here in the UK and overseas will use the services of Amazon that is a very large, global e-commerce retailer. You may be interested to read that it is supportive of renewable energy and is having solar panels installed on a number of its buildings.

Amazon is having solar panels installed on a number of its buildings.

Of course, we have commented on previous occasions about companies that have solar photovoltaic panels fitted to the roofs of some of their buildings. For instance, we mentioned Sainsbury’s having solar panels fitted to a number of their stores.

Amazon is forecasting that by the end of 2017 the solar panels that it has had installed on a number of its buildings in North America will provide power totalling as much as 41 megawatts. By the end of 2020 it hopes to have solar photovoltaic panels fitted on a minimum of 50 of its buildings.

In addition to using solar power, Amazon Web Services (AWS) also uses wind to provide renewable energy and it forecasts that by the end of this year renewable energy will provide 50% of its annual power requirements. We are sure that you will agree this would be an excellent achievement.

Obviously we need to see more projects like this come on board as, collectively, they will no doubt help countries around the world move towards meeting their renewable energy and carbon emission targets by the end of 2020. Here in the UK, as at 31st January 2017, solar PV capacity amounted to 11,642 MW made up of 904,089 solar powered installations. In the 12 months to the end of January 2017 capacity increased by 1,774 MW with this being an 18% rise.

As at the end of January 2017, small scale solar panel installations of between 0 to 4kW totalled 2,466 MW with this equating to 21% of all capacity. Large scale installation exceeding 5 MW generated capacity of 5,525 MW with this being 47% of all capacity.

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