Amazon took the next step in powering its worldwide company operations with renewable energy on Tuesday by launching a 1.1-megawatt solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center.
The rooftop project spans 813,000 square feet and consists of 3,145 individual solar modules, which is equivalent to 3 1/2 football fields.
The solar installation will save the emissions equivalent of 3.3 million miles driven by an average gas-powered passenger cars, the company said in a statement.
“Projects like Amazon’s solar rooftop installation will help propel Nevada’s economy into the future and solidify our state’s position as the Innovation State,” U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said in a statement. “Nevada shares Amazon’s commitment to promoting sustainability and championing renewable energy projects that are good for the environment and that create good-paying jobs for Nevadans.”
The North Las Vegas project marks Amazon’s second solar project in Nevada and the 28th wind and solar energy projects in the U.S.
The company’s goal is to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems globally by 2020, a move that supports hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment in local communities, according to Amazon.