Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s opt for photovoltaic power

115 Sainsbury’s stores across the South of England have been fitted out with roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, producing a total of 6.9 MW of power for the supermarket chain.

The installation became a significant element of Sainsbury’s 20 by 20 Sustainability Plan, which aims to reduce carbon (CO2) emissions, provide a sustainable solution for long-term energy security and protect from future rises in energy costs.

“This project secured Renewable Resources’ position as the largest UK solar PV installer for commercial rooftops in 2011, while also demonstrating our ability to work on a tight schedule,” said Paul Gribben, Chief Executive, Renewable Resources.

Across these 115 stores, the resulting 6.9 MW of solar energy generated is equivalent to powering 2,000 homes or offsetting an average of 3,100 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

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