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Jessica OrbonAug 29, 2017, 3:51 pm

Amazon installs thousands of solar panels at its Carteret fulfillment center

Facility will soon be able to get up to 80 percent of its power from a renewable resource


Amazon is putting itself at the forefront of green energy after President Trump told the United Nations that the U.S. plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

The sun will soon power floors packed with bins that move through a factory floor run by robotics in the Amazon fulfillment center in Carteret.

On Tuesday, employees at the facility held a tour of the state's largest solar powered installation.

On the roof of the factory sits 30 acres of solar panels that can power up to 80 percent of the center's operations on a daily basis.

"One of the pillars of Amazon's mission is to make sure we're innovating on behalf of the customer so we're always looking to do that, installing solar panels and using renewable energy like wind farms is one of the commitments we've made to our customers and is something we're looking forward to growing," said Amazon spokesperson Lauren Lynch.

New Jersey residents installed 22,000 solar panels and 3,000 thousand other jobs were created within the fulfillment center.

Congressman Frank Pallone, who has made environmental issues a priority, came along for the tour and even signed a solar panel that's displayed on the factory floor. Congressman Pallone says the installation is crucial and represents the state's commitment to the environment.

"Because Trump is now withdrawing from the Paris agreement the international agreement on climate change which is terrible that he's doing that it's more important than ever for states to play a role," says Pallone.

The facility in Carteret is one of two in the state that uses solar energy.

The installation which was funded with federal tax credits is currently the second largest solar panel installation in the country.

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