Work set to get underway on £120,000 solar panels at Co-op stores - including Alford


Work has started on a £120,000 energy project to install solar panels at eight Lincolnshire Co-op outlets - including Alford’s.

More than 320 photovoltaic panels will be fitted to the roofs of stores around the area by engineers from Freewatt Renewable Energy, based in Stow.

Work is currently underway at Market Rasen Foodstore. Alford’s store is set to have its panels fitted by the end of the year.

Six of the eight stores have been identified for the work, but two further Co-op sites are still to be chosen.

When all eight sites are complete they are expected to produce in excess of 71,000 kWh of energy a year – enough to power 258 fridge freezers for a year.

Each year the solar panels are also predicted to save more than 37,000kg of Co2 which is equal to 21 years’ worth of Co2 generated by the average house.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Store Development Manager Matthew Wilkinson said: “Cutting our energy use is something we’re constantly working on, be it with more efficient freezers, LED lighting or Smart Meters to measure what energy we’re using and where.

“Every bit of green energy we produce helps the environment and we’re excited to be following on from our successful solar panel trial at Winning Post with eight more sites.”