Aldi Marks Solar Independence Day with New Pledge
This years Solar Independence Day saw a bold and welcomed decision from one of Britains most popular Supermarkets. Aldi UK pledged to install over 11,000 new commercial solar panels on more than 50 of its stores by the end of 2017!
The supermarket has already installed more than 85,000 photovoltaic panels to its 9 regional distribution centres and 275 stores across the UK, allowing them to generate over 17,500MWh of clean renewable electricity a year.
This new pledge to install photovolatic systems to a further 50 stores by the end of 2017 will see thei total investment into solar energy reach almost £17 million. This is even more impressive when you think of it in terms of energy saved. To produce the same amount of energy their solar panel systems will be producing each year with conventional fossil fuels, you would end up releasing more than 8,000 tonnes of CO2 into our atmosphere.
Mary Dunn, communications director for Aldi UK, said:
"We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and harnessing the power of solar energy is just one of the ways we’re doing that.
It also means that we are using all of our distribution centres and more than a third of our stores across the UK to generate electricity from solar power, marking a further significant step in our journey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, while continuing to grow."
Accoriding to MyGridGB, which provides a live overview of how much of the country's electricity is being generated by solar and other renewable sources, solar power supplied 6.5% of the UK's electricity over the last month.
More than 1,000,000 homes, schools and businesses now have some form of solar system on their roofs. Even ground mounted photovoltaic systems have grown exponentially in the last few years, and now supply more than 12.5GW of electricity into the UK's power grid every year!