Lidl is to invest €1 million to install 4364 solar panels on the roof of its distribution facility currently under construction in Newbridge, Co. Kildare in Ireland.
The panels will facility will produce 1,011,929 kilowatt hours of energy, reducing the facility’s carbon output by 473 tonnes annually. Lidl will work with Waterford based Enerpower.
This investment adds to the €1m Lidl has already committed to solar power installations across its store network. Likewise, the distribution centre is being built to the highest environmental standards and will be certified to BREEAM.
“We were very clear when building our largest distribution centre that we would integrate the latest sustainability innovations that will generate ongoing energy savings,” said Lidl director of property and central services Alan Barry. “The installation of solar panels at our distribution facility in Newbridge will generate over 25% of the building’s energy requirements.”
He added: “This facility is a major part of our distribution network and will allow us to continue to expand, offering shoppers more and more quality products at the lowest prices. The facility will include a wide range of sustainability features including electric cars and charging points, LED lighting, natural refrigerants, heat recovery technology.”