July 10 (Renewables Now) - German discount supermarket chain Lidl will spend EUR 1 million (USD 1.1m) to install solar panels atop a new distribution facility being built in Ireland, it announced on Monday.
The plan will see the wholesale retailer equip the new site in Newbridge, County Kildare, with 4,364 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which will be able to cover over 25% of the building's energy requirements. Once up and running, the installation is expected to produce 1,011,929 kWh of electricity per year, helping offset some 473 of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The hardware for the solar project will be supplied by Ireland-based Enerpower.
The scheme is part of Lidl’s sustainability efforts and complements the company’s EUR-1-million plan from last year to retrofit solar panels to existing stores and install PV at new locations. According to the grocery chain, the Newbridge array will be the largest solar installation in Ireland.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.121)