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Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores

Lidl Ireland Invests €1 Million in the Installation of Solar Panels at 8 New and Reconstructed Stores
December 21
10:00 2018

Lidl has completed the installation of energy-saving solar panels at its recently opened Nenagh store adding a further investment of €130,000 in renewable energy. The newly installed solar panels will produce 120,000 kilowatt hours of energy from a sustainable resource annually which is equivalent to meet the electricity requirements of 28 homes and reduces the store’s carbon output by some 40 tonnes annually.

As a result of the investment over one quarter of Lidl’s energy requirements at its Nenagh store will now be generated by solar power. The investment in Nenagh is part of an ongoing €1 million commitment by Lidl to install solar panels at eight new and reconstructed stores which are due to open by the end of 2019.

This latest investment is just part of a range of sustainability initiatives at the newly reconstructed store, which was reopened on 6th September following a six month construction programme to replace Nenagh’s original Lidl store first opened 17 years ago. In addition to the solar panels supplied by Cavan-based Kingspan, which are mounted on roof panels constructed in Kingscourt, the store also boasts two electric vehicle charging points which customers can use for free while shopping in-store.

Increasing consumer awareness of sustainability is an in important element of the project; a display screen at the entrance of the store inform customers visiting the store of how much energy has been generated and the amount of CO2 emissions saved.

The focus on sustainable energy at Lidl’s Nenagh store has ensured that it complies with a best-practice international energy efficiency standard, ISO50001, which is independently audited, along with all its 158 stores nationwide. Other initiatives include: high performance glass fronted façade to maximise natural daylight entering the building; sensor controlled exterior sun blinds to reduce unwanted heat from the sun; waste heat recovery ventilation systems and LED lighting; high insulation with external cladding; and lighting sensors to conserve energy where it is not required.

Speaking after switching on the solar panels in Lidl Nenagh, Eamon Fitzgerald, Project Manager, said: “Lidl is rooted in communities throughout Ireland and wants to ensure our business is operated in a way that is as sustainable as possible with the least impact possible on the environment. We were very clear in rebuilding the Nenagh store that the replacement to our original store built in 2001 would integrate the latest sustainability innovations that will generate ongoing energy savings. The newly installed solar panels will make a big impact in increasing our energy from sustainable resources by generating over 25% of our Nenagh store’s energy needs annually.”

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Pictured after switching on Lidl’s solar panels at its Nenagh store were: Miroslav Kokot, Lidl Store Manager, Nenagh, and Ger Higgins, Sales Director, Kingspan.

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