Donegal Eurospar leads way on renewable energy

Dr John Carty of Enerpower, Eurospar Gortahork owner Pat McClafferty, managing director of Eurospar Malachy Hanberry, and Eurospar Gortahork owner Thomas McClafferty

Eurospar has announced the first installation of solar panels at a Donegal store as part of a partnership developed by BWG and Irish renewable energy efficiency company Enerpower.

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27 August 2019 | 0

Eurospar Gortahork, owned by Thomas McClafferty, has become the first store to complete the solar panel installation which is expected to see a 15% reduction in the store’s carbon emissions and a significant annual cost saving on energy bills of up to 15%. Further installations are being rolled out to other Eurospar stores in Louth and Kilkenny in the coming weeks.

Requiring normal daylight to function, the advanced solar panels that will be deployed as part of the scheme are highly efficient and are designed to deliver significant energy cost savings.

The partnership with Enerpower was developed by BWG Foods, which owns and operates the Eurospar brand, as part of its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of retail businesses on their communities and to encourage independent retailers to improve their green footprint.

The planned installations are due to be completed by the end of September after which it is expected that there will be further uptake of the initiative among Eurospar retailers.

Eurospar managing director Malachy Hanberry said he is delighted with the new development. “As a leading retail brand,” Hanberry said, “Eurospar is committed to seeking out new opportunities and innovations that will help us and our retailers to reduce our carbon footprint.

“We look forward to other retailers benefiting from this collaboration as they seek to future-proof their businesses from an environmental impact perspective,” he added.

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