Eurospar has today announced the first installation of solar panels at a Donegal store as part of a partnership developed by BWG and Irish renewable energy efficiency company Enerpower.
Eurospar Gortahork, owned by the McClafferty family, is the first store to complete the solar panel installation which is expected to see a 15% reduction in the store’s carbon emissions and a significant annual cost saving on energy bills of up to 15%.
Requiring normal daylight to function, the advanced solar panels that will be deployed as part of the scheme are highly efficient and are designed to deliver significant energy cost savings, the group explained in a statement.
"That we will benefit from significant savings while also helping the environment is a great bonus," said Thomas McClafferty.
The planned installations are due to be completed by the end of September.
The partnership with Enerpower was developed by BWG Foods, owners and operators of the Eurospar brand, as part of its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of retail businesses on their communities.
“As a leading retail brand, Eurospar is committed to seeking out new opportunities and innovations that will help us and our retailers to reduce our carbon footprint," highlighted Malachy Hanberry, managing director, Eurospar.
Further installations are being rolled out to other Eurospar stores in Louth and Kilkenny over the coming weeks, as part of the partnership.
"We look forward to other retailers benefiting from this collaboration as they seek to future-proof their businesses from an environmental impact perspective.” Hanberry said.
John Carty, projects director of Enerpower added: "While industry in Ireland has been slower than other European countries to install solar panels – the fact that a leading retail brand such as Eurospar has taken a lead in encouraging its retailers to consider solar panel installation gives encouragement that many more will follow.”
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