Note to President Trump and co: this is what smart business looks like. Free, direct, clean energy, with zero transport (no pipelines, no trucks, or trains) and no emissions. Anyone who can’t see the obvious brilliance here, is just not looking.
Large technology corporations are some of the biggest energy users on the planet. Huge data centers and massive buildings are usually very costly to maintain and power, but Amazon is now boarding the green energy train. They have announced plans to install rooftop solar systems on at least 50 of their fulfillment centers across North America. By the end of 2017, they expect to generate up to 41 megawatts of solar energy.
Amazon already has wind and solar farms in Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia that help power AWS data centers. The new installations will generate more than ten times the power of those current projects though.
Depending on the weather conditions and installation specifics, the solar panels could produce up to 80% of the annual energy for a site. This free energy will go towards powering the countless little sorting robots that make each fulfillment center work. Here is a direct video link.