Amazon installs 3,200 solar panels on logistics centre roof
The American e-commerce giant, Amazon, has finished the installation of 3,200 solar panels on its Passo Corese logistics centre.
Enerray, the photovoltaic installer, worked on the 964 kWp project in Italy, which is expected to deliver a return on investment in five and a half years.
The project will deliver annual return rates of 11.4% over 20 years, which works as a discounted net value of over €8.3mn (US$10.8mn).
“The logistics centre located in Rieti province is the result of massive investments in innovation and technology made by this global e-commerce giant, and we are so proud to be seen as the Italian company up to this challenging task,” stated Michele Scandellari, Chief Executive of Seci Energia’s – Enerray’s parent company.
In 2014, Amazon announced it plans to transition to 100% renewable energy, and in 2017 the company were sourcing 40% clean energy.
Although there has not been set a timeframe for the company’s 100% renewables plan, the firm stated they wanted to increase the green energy they use to 50% by the end of 2017, and have not yet confirmed if they had achieved that goal.
Amazon has so far initiated 3.6m MW of renewable energy construction.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.