Amazon Launches Solar Energy Initiative in India

Bangalore, India - Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Amazon India today announced a new initiative to generate clean energy through installation of solar panels on the rooftops of its fulfillment centres and sortation sites in India. Currently, Amazon India has already installed close to 1600-kilo watts (kW) of solar power panels at its 2 fulfillment centres in Delhi and Hyderabad.

The companyplans to further deploy large-scale solar panel systems on rooftops of anadditional 5 fulfillment centres and 2 sortation sites located in Bangalore,Mumbai and Chennai while further expanding existing capacity in Delhi. Withthis deployment, by the end of 2018, Amazon India will be able to generatesolar energy close to 8,000 kW. Installations at these fulfillment andsort centres would cover an area of approximately 1 million squarefeet, reduce CO2 emission by around 9000 tons a year and provide energy tosupport the building’s annual energy needs. 

AkhilSaxena, Vice President, Customer Fulfillment, Amazon India, said, “At Amazon, we are puttingour scale and our inventive culture to work on sustainability and protectingthe environment. We are committed to and invested in this work because it’s atriple win – it’s good for business, good for the planet, and good for ourcustomers and communities. The installation of the solar panels at fulfillmentcentres in Hyderabad and Delhi reinstates this commitment and by the end of2018, we plan to expand this installation to an additional 7 Amazon Operationssites in India. The investment in solar energy systems in India is in line withAmazon’s vision to deploy solar systems on 50 fulfillment and sortation centersglobally by 2020.” 

Amazon Indiahas also extended this commitment to protect the environment, to thecommunities around its fulfillment centres. It has set up solar energy systemsin 4 Amazon Cares Community and Resource Centres in Haryana, which providesolar power to support the community programs in these centres all year round.The company has also donated solar energy systems to 19 government schools and1 mini-planetarium in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. This infrastructure supports the needsof children in schools and others from the local communities in 24 villagesbenefitting more than 2500 people across Haryana and Maharashtra.  

Other recentenvironment-friendly projects include the rejuvenation of the Mahadevpura Lakein Bengaluru where Amazon India has teamed up with Bruhat Bengaluru MahanagaraPalike (BBMP) and United Way Bengaluru to construct a sewage treatment plantdesigned to clean up to 1 million litres per day. In the coming weeks, AmazonIndia will plant more than 10,000 saplings around its fulfillment centres inaddition to rolling out an environmental awareness campaign for its associatesacross its more than 200 operations sites across the country. 

AdditionalInformation:

·         Linkto Amazon Day 1 Blog on Clean Energy: Our clean energy initiative in India, one rooftop solar panelat a time

·         Linkto video on Solar Installation on the rooftops of Amazon Fulfillment Centres: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_GukrxA4bo


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