Makro increases its solar energy harvesting capacity

Warehouse-based retail chain, Makro, is growing its installation and utilisation of environmentally-friendly technologies by installing 1 720 photovoltaic (PV) solar energy panels at its Woodmead store in Gauteng.

Makro’s Woodmead store is currently being fitted with 1 720 photovoltaic panels collectively capable of producing 709 500kW of electricity from sunlight.
Makro’s Woodmead store is currently being fitted with 1 720 photovoltaic panels collectively capable of producing 709 500kW of electricity from sunlight.
Photo: Courtesy of Makro SA

“It’s estimated that the solar PV installation, which is entirely carpark mounted, will produce approximately 709 500kWs of electricity a year and account for an estimated 20% of the store’s total annual energy consumption,” said Makro in a statement.

This is the second solar energy installation installed at a Makro store. In April this year the roof of Makro’s Carnival outlet in Brakpan, Gauteng, was fitted with enough PV panels to produce approximately 1 million kilowatts of electricity annually – or 30% of the store’s total energy requirements.

“The company has been gradually greening its stores since 2010 with the aim of saving energy, reducing running costs, improving in-store environments, and improving customers’ shopping experience,” said Alan Walker, Makro South Africa’s store development manager.