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Murphy praises Amazon solar installation, says company and NJ good fit

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Gov. Phil Murphy, far left, tours the rooftop solar panel installation at Amazon's Edison Fulfillment Center with Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey, far right.
Gov. Phil Murphy, far left, tours the rooftop solar panel installation at Amazon's Edison Fulfillment Center with Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey, far right. - ()

New Jersey “has everything a global company like Amazon” needs for success, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday at the unveiling of more than 12,000 rooftop solar panels at the Edison Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edison.

And while Murphy did not specifically mention Amazon’s HQ2, Newark is one of 20 finalists to be home to the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters.

When pressed later at a tour of the center’s solar installation, Murphy said there was nothing new to report on HQ2, but he was nonetheless “excited and hopeful.”

The governor touted the state’s “great workforce” and “second-to-none” location along the Northeast Corridor Line between New York City and Philadelphia.

Murphy was at Amazon’s fulfillment center with local and state officials to unveil 12,654 rooftop solar panels atop the 900,000-square-foot facility, which would generate 4.12 megawatts and account for 20 percent of the building’s electricity.

Amazon’s rooftop installation in Edison is one of 19 the company has in North America, with a goal of 50 worldwide by 2020.

Amazon unveiled another fulfillment center in Burlington, which it predicts will yield 600 job openings in 2019.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz


Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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