This store has become one of more than 140 Woolworths Group sites now sporting solar panels, in line with the company’s reframed goal of reducing emissions by 60% on 2015 levels by 2030. In 2019, Woolworths Group blitzed its goal of 10% reductions by 2020, having already achieved carbon emissions 18% below 2015 levels. The system will offset 8% of the Orange store’s annual electricity consumption, with an expected payback time of 6.6 years. Along with the CO2 offset it which aligns with each Australian state setting a goal of reaching Net Zero by 2050.
In terms of the work that Woolworths has completed and is ongoing with solar. They have been installing solar PV since 2015 which was their first trial. During 2017, they started their ongoing partnership with Solgen Energy which has delivered approx. 20MW across supermarkets, Dan Murphy’s, BWS and distribution centres. They have also been involved in a battery trial with Transgrid to analyse the impact on distribution networks in different areas.