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Jeff Bezos touts Amazon’s solar campaign

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Workers write messages on the solar panels installed on the roof of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Baltimore. (Amazon Photo via Twitter)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t the only tech billionaire who’s high on solar power: Today,  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tweeted about the latest step in his company’s campaign to install rooftop solar systems on at least 50 of its fulfillment and sortation centers by 2020.

This week it was Baltimore’s turn.

The more than 6,000 panels installed on the roof of the fulfillment center in Baltimore should produce almost 2 megawatts of power, Amazon’s Tom Chandlee told WJZ.

“We’re expecting about a 30 percent savings in our overall energy bill, which is great, because we can pass that savings on to our customers,” Shan Byrne, the Baltimore fulfillment center’s general manager, was quoted as saying.

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By Alan Boyle

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