Retail giant Shoprite is on a solar PV charge!

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  • Shoprite’s solar rooftop installations continue throughout South Africa. 
  • New rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations at various sites throughout the country are adding to the Shoprite Group’s growing network of solar-powered and renewable electricity installations in South Africa.

The Group’s current installed capacity of solar PV generates almost 50 million kWh annually with 174 534m2 of solar panels across 71 sites, the equivalent of 24 soccer fields. This is enough to power 4 554 households for a full year, easing pressure on the national electricity grid.

“Renewable energy enables our stores to reduce our environmental impact, and in some cases, continue operating during power cuts.” said Sanjeev Raghubir, Group Sustainability Manager

Rooftop solar installation.Solar rooftop installations at Shoprite Waverley in Gauteng.

“We aim to power 25% of the Group’s operations with renewables in the next five years and to meet our science-based emission reduction targets, including net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Some of the new sites and generated kWh for each site: 

System Size (kWp) Annual Generation (kWh)
Shoprite Ceres, Western Cape 279 kWp 422,197 kWh
Shoprite Primrose, Gauteng 160 kWp 250,250 kWh
Shoprite Evander, Mpumalanga 292 kWp 519,900 kWh
Shoprite Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal 270 kWp 409,252 kWh
Shoprite Harrismith, Free State 260 kWp 418,000 kWh
Shoprite Waverley, Gauteng 193 kWp 438,200 kWh
Shoprite Louis Trichardt, Limpopo 345 kWp 498,243 kWh
Checkers Hyper Brookside, KwaZulu-Natal 661 kWp 921,381 kWh
Shoprite Lenasia, Gauteng 265 kWp 440,600 kWh
Checkers Hyper Drakenstein, Western Cape 648 kWp 1,003,694 kWh
Freshmark Polokwane Distribution Centre, Limpopo 778 kWp 1,275,421 kWh
Brackenfell Distribution Centre, Western Cape 631 kWp 1,021,751 kWh
Basson Distribution Centre, Western Cape 1,750 kWp 2,730,000 kWh
Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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