Amazon invests in solar energy as part of "inventive culture" on sustainability

Author: Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit, Published on: 7 March 2017

"Amazon Ramps Up Investment in Rooftop Solar", 3 Mar 2017

Amazon has not always had the most sterling reputation when it comes to sustainability, transparency and environmental performance...But there is evidence [it] is turning a corner [by] doubling down on rooftop solar…Investments in solar can help Amazon reduce costs[as] solar prices are falling…To that end, Amazon says it will install 15 photovoltaic systems on various facilities across the U.S. this year. Another 50 installations will appear in the U.S. and atop some overseas locations by 2020… Amazon claims that each solar installation will generate 80 percent of the facility’s annual electricity needs on average. That statistic should not be too surprising. After all…add the company’s wind power investments, and Amazon was the largest corporate purchaser of clean energy in the U.S. last year…Amazon’s solar push is part of what the company describes as its “inventive culture” on the sustainability front. The company insists it is doing its part to decrease excess packaging [and]…says it is working on a more ethical supply chain that respects human rights.

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