It will reduce their carbon output by around 473 tonnes every year.
Lidl are currently constructing a 58,000m2 distribution centre in Newbridge in Kildare, and on Monday they announced that the centre would be welcoming a grant of planning from Kildare County Council for the installation of energy-saving solar panels.
The instillation will see Lidl investing €1 million in solar power at this site alone, in addition to another €1 million already invested across their entire Irish network to date.
The solar panels at the new Lidl facility will produce 1,011,929 kilowatt hours of energy from a sustainable resource annually, which is the equivalent of providing the electricity requirements of 240 homes.
This power will come from a combined 4,364 solar panels on the roof of the centre, making it the biggest instillation of solar panels ever in Ireland.
Alan Barry, Director of Property & Central Services for Lidl, told Irish Buildings Magazine the following:
“Lidl is rooted in communities throughout Ireland and we pride ourselves on operating in a way that is sustainable with the least impact possible on the environment. We were very clear when building our largest distribution centre that we would integrate the latest sustainability innovations that will generate ongoing energy savings.”
Additionally, Doctor John Carty, Enerpower’s Director of Projects, made the following statement:
“We are delighted to be working with Lidl to deliver Ireland’s largest ever Solar PV project. Solar energy has become one of the cheapest sources of electricity generation and Lidl are setting an example for businesses in this country, demonstrating that they can reduce their carbon emissions while also making significant savings on energy costs and future carbon taxes.”