ENERGY for more than 300 homes will be generated from solar panels installed at Dunfermline's Amazon base.

The fulfilment centre has had 5,900 modular solar panels installed at the site, which has an operating space of more than 1.5 million square feet – the equivalent of 17 football pitches.

The project is part of Amazon's drive towards its goal to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 as part of The Climate Pledge, which is a commitment to be net zero carbon across our businesses by 2040.

Amazon’s Dunfermline site leader Jamie Strain said: "We are investing in on-site solar installations to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 and I am proud that Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Dunfermline is able to play its part in this.

"We’re investing in sustainability and renewable energy projects of this kind because it’s good for the environment, good for our communities, and good for business.”

With 187 solar and wind projects worldwide, Amazon is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. These projects have the capacity to generate more than 6.9 gigawatts and deliver more than 20 million MWh megawatt-hours of energy annually.

They include 62 utility-scale wind and solar projects and 125 solar rooftops on our facilities around the globe.

Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman welcomed the initiative said: "I'm delighted to hear that Amazon has taken this step towards becoming a net-zero business by installing thousands of solar panels at its Dunfermline fulfilment centre.

“In the year that we host the most important climate summit of the century, COP26 in Glasgow, it's vital that the business sector not only plays a positive role but leads in reducing carbon emissions and supporting renewable energy alternatives.

"By cutting their carbon footprint now, businesses such as Amazon are helping to reduce the risk of a climate catastrophe in the years ahead. That is something all of us warmly welcome.”