Supermarket giant goes jolly green with giant solar array

By Colin Ricketts - 08 Jun 2011 16:44:0 GMT
Supermarket giant goes jolly green with giant solar array

A Belgian supermarket chain is trying to meet its commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 by installing a 3 MW solar power system at one of its distribution centres.

Delhaize has installed a system made by Solyndra International AG, a subsidiary of Solyndra LLC, at a distribution centre in Zellik, near Brussel.

Delhaize has 2,800 stores worldwide, with 805 in Belgium and Luxembourg and has won Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

"We are very happy to be able to help Delhaize to realize the economic and environmental potential of their rooftops," said Clemens Jargon, Solyndra's president of EMEA. "This installation bears testimony to our desire and ability to engage with large scale distributed energy projects at a time when more and more corporations are seeing the hidden value in their fixed rooftop assets. Solyndra technology allows them to meet their environmental goals and delivers great results to their bottom line."

Denis Knoops, Senior Vice President Business & Concept Development & New Business Opportunities of Delhaize Belgium said: "The innovative panel design allows us to maximize the installed capacity, reducing our CO2 emissions by 600 tons annually on these distribution centre roofs alone. We have a strong commitment to achieving environmental goals, and Solyndra ensures those goals become a reality."

The Zellik installation consists of more than 17,000 Solyndra solar modules covering 34,000 square meters of roof space and can generate enough power to supply 700 households.

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