SuperValu to invest €3m in solar panels
SuperValu is to increase its investment in energy-efficient stores in a plan that will see solar panels introduced to up to 30 stores. The €3m investment is part of the retailer's plan to reduce energy consumption by 20% over the next two years.
30 October 2018 | 0
SuperValu has announced an innovative plan to introduce solar panels in up to 30 of its stores over the next two years. The energy-efficient PV panels are part of a €3m investment, and will generate electricity using sunlight, and feed it directly into the store’s electricity supply.
The initiative is expected to offset some 60,000kg of CO2 annually per store.
Apart from providing electricity to each store, some of the electricity generated by the solar panels will also be used to supply energy to electric car charging points at selected stores.
Daniel Murphy, SuperValu sustainability manager, said the company is delighted and excited about the new initiative. “These solar panels will greatly reduce energy consumption across the store network. As a result, SuperValu retailers will be able to serve their communities in a more sustainable manner.
“This investment in solar panels demonstrates once again that as a community-focused retailer, SuperValu has taken a leadership position on sustainability,” Murphy added.
While they are not the first SuperValu stores in the network to introduce solar panels (Baltinglass and Portlaoise have installed solar panels in recent years), SuperValu Fermoy is the first SuperValu store in the country to install solar PV panels as part of the new sustainability initiative. Retailer Michael Riordan received grant funding for the project under the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Better Energy Communities grant scheme.
“As a retailer who works and lives in Fermoy,” Riordan said, “I am passionate about supporting local charities and sporting organisations. I am also conscious that as a business with deep roots in Fermoy, Riordan’s needs to reduce its impact on the local community.
“This is why I am delighted to install solar panels to SuperValu Fermoy. It will greatly reduce the store’s energy consumption, but more importantly, it will help to make Fermoy a great place for future generations to work and live.”