Booths has installed 1,000 solar panels onto the roof of its central distribution centre in a £275,000 move that will see CO2 emissions reduced by an estimated 114 tonnes per year.
It is expected that the panels will generate approximately six per cent of all the electrical power consumed by the retailer’s site, off Longridge Road, Preston, which contains its ambient and chilled distribution and manufacturing centre, and central office.
It is estimated that the power generated will equate to the electrical energy used by Booths Central Office, and could essentially power all the central office functions including IT systems.
The installation by Styles &WoodEnergy comes following the success of Booths trial installation which has been under way since 2011 on a smaller scale of 18 panels.
The solar panels investment is the latest in a long line of energy and waste efficiency improvements by Booths, which won the retailer a series of sustainability awards in 2013.
These include introducing CO2- based refrigeration, air-sourced heat pump systems, and fitting doors to chilled retail cabinets to reduce carbon emissions.
A waste reduction initiative, which is under way across all foods, saved approximately £600,000 in lost revenue and 800 tonnes of CO2e in 2012.
Booths chairman Edwin Booth said: “Sustainability lies at the heart of our business, from short supply chains to energy efficient stores build with green principles.
“Booths are committed to reducing our carbon emissions even further.
“The installation of solar panels at our central distribution centre will have important environmental benefits over the coming years.”