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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.

“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.

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Sindira Chetty

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