A VAST area of roof space at a warehouse in Great Sankey has been fitted with enough solar panels to power 320 homes for a whole year.

Amazon has unveiled the new solar rooftop installations at its Warrington warehouse, which cover the equivalent of five football pitches.

More than 4,400 panels will capture sunlight over the 400,000sq ft site as part of the company’s goal to be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

Amazon also aims to be net zero carbon across all its businesses by 2040.

Tony Carr, site leader at Amazon Warrington, said: “We are investing in on-site solar installations to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025, and I am proud that Amazon Warrington is able to play its part in this.

“We are investing in sustainability and renewable energy projects of this kind because it is 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.

The firm’s climate pledge also includes the use of 100,000 new electric delivery vehicles, which will come into operation this year and save millions of metric tons of carbon per year.