Some time ago, Woolworths set itself a bold challenge to transition towards 100% renewable energy for its supermarkets across the country. In June, Woolworths achieves its 150th PV solar installation. Woolworths Group accounts for around 1 percent of Australia’s energy consumption, which is a massive amount for one business. As such, they’re excited to be moving towards renewable energy in the constant fight for lower energy prices and sources that are less harmful to the environment.
Read on to find out more about how Woolworth is making a difference nationwide.
Pushing towards 100% renewable energy
The Woolworth Group uses around 2.241 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year, so any step towards renewable energy is going to have a big impact on the country’s emissions. The 150th solar PV installation takes place at the Woolworths supermarket at Condor in the ACT. The combined 222 solar panels on the roof of the Condor store will have a 100kW capacity that should generate around 145 megawatt-hours per year.
Michael Shelley, the Woolworths Group’s General Manager of green Energy Transition had this to say. “From store lighting and air-conditioning to food refrigeration, there is no doubt supermarkets are energy-intensive to run,” Mr. Shelley stated. “We’re reducing our energy use in small but impactful ways like LED lighting, and we’re proud to be generating our own emissions-free electricity from new solar panels on our Conder rooftop.”
It’s been almost two years since Woolworths achieved its 100th solar PV installation, and there are plenty more to come. The company has boldly declared it wants all of its stores powered by renewable energy by 2025. So far, the company has reduced its carbon emissions by 27% since 2015.
Looking for residential solar solutions?
With Woolworths leading the way for Aussie businesses making the switch to renewables, is it time to reconsider your energy needs? Prices are rising drastically in this country, in no small part due to unreliable coal-fired energy plants putting pressure on supply and demand. One way to solve that is to install solar panels at your home.
You certainly won’t need 222 solar panels like the Condor Woolworths store, but the team at Accord Electrical can recommend and install the perfect system to handle your energy needs. We’ve got a range of different solar packages including panels, inverters and even battery storage solutions. Contact us today to find out how much you can save.