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Sainsbury’s Installs Its 100,000th Solar Panel

This supermarket’s name occasionally pops up in our news items but for all the good reasons. Sainsbury’s has recently announced that it has installed its one hundred thousandth solar panel marking a significant milestone in its support of renewable energy and its intention to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Sainsbury’s has just announced the installation of its 100,000th solar panel

Throughout the UK, 210 of Sainsbury’s supermarkets now have solar photovoltaic panels in place making a total capacity of 22MW.

Under the company’s 20×20 sustainability plan it intends, by the end of 2020, to produce twenty environmental commitments with one of those being to reduce their carbon emissions by 30% of what they were in 2005. So far, it has reduced carbon emissions by 9.785 tonnes per annum. It can also be proud of the fact that it is the biggest multi-roof solar power generator throughout Europe.

Solar panel installations are just a part of Sainsbury’s overall intention to introduce various types of clean energy technologies. In their stores, during the last 4 years, they have reduced their use of electricity by 9.1% yet the amount of space that they have available has grown by a quarter.

The company has also been installing ground source heat pumps and these have now been put in at 12 of their stores. Since 2008, it has arranged the installation of 74 biomass boilers to heat a number of its stores. This type of boiler, in Sainsbury’s case uses wood pellets as its fuel.

Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, recently officially launched a ground source heat pump at the company’s London Colney store that he was obviously delighted to do. He will have been pleased to hear of the supermarket chain also achieving a milestone of installing its 100,000th solar panel.

Sainsbury’s are to be commended for the work that they have put into such an achievement and let’s hope that they go on to meet their targets.

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