Shoprite Group expands its solar PV project

The Shoprite Group has indicated that it now generates enough electricity to power over 1 100 households (12 300 MWh of electricity) a year from solar energy, following the installation of rooftop PV (photovoltaic) panels at 19 sites in South Africa and Namibia.

The group has additionally fitted 649 solar panels to the roofs of its refrigerated trucks, which generate 760 MWh annually. This is enough power to run 1 040 refrigerators for a full year.

These allow drivers to switch off truck ignitions at delivery locations, reducing noise and exhaust pollution, while keeping the cold chain intact. There are now 18 stores throughout South Africa and Namibia in the group that harness the power of the sun for their operations.

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