Amazon unveils largest solar rooftop installation in Europe

The building in Essex, which covers two million square feet of space, is forecast to generate enough electricity to power 700 homes for one year

Amazon has unveiled its largest solar rooftop installation in Europe.

The building in Essex, which covers two million square feet of space, equivalent to 28 football pitches, has been fitted with more than 11,500 solar panels.

The project, which is a part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge programme, is forecast to generate enough electricity to power 700 homes for one year.

Brittany Stanton, Senior Energy Programme Manager, said: “At Amazon, we are putting our scale and our inventive culture to work on sustainability and protecting the environment.

“We are proud of the fact that Amazon has a goal to power our global infrastructure using 100% renewable energy and this solar panel installation is just one of the ways we are working to make our fulfilment centre network sustainable.”

The online retail giant has set a goal to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2025 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years in advance of the Paris Agreement.

Amazon has more than 90 renewable energy projects globally, including 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and more than 60 solar rooftops on warehouses and sorting centres.

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