Hawthorn Supermarket Switches On To Solar Power

Hawthorn Renaissance IGA Supermarket Leads Retail Industry To Cut Carbon Emissions
Melbourne, Victoria, January 22, 2010. The Renaissance Supa IGA supermarket in Hawthorn, Victoria, is leading the Australian retail sector in reducing its carbon emissions by switching to solar power.
Under its own store initiative, the Victorian supermarket is playing its part in harvesting clean energy from its rooftop and recently acquired a grid-connected solar power system, supplied and installed by national solar solutions provider Energy Matters. The system is currently in the final stages of installation and is due to be commissioned in early February.
Energy production is a particularly pressing environmental issue in Victoria given the state’s heavy reliance on brown coal. 
Covering 32.5 square metres, the supermarket’s solar system will generate an annual electricity of about 7,658 kilowatt-hours. This represents a carbon emissions reduction equivalent of nearly 10 tonnes per year for the supermarket.
According to Renaissance Supa IGA Hawthorn Store Owner, George Altman, “Supermarkets are large users of power. As the world turns to more sustainable and green power use, we have decided to augment our power usage with solar energy.”
“Our outlet is located in a highly educated and socially conscious area of Melbourne and our customers and staff enthusiastically support this initiative. Most supermarkets have large flat roofs and are ideal candidates for solar power installations. We are proud to be leaders in this initiative,” he added.
Energy Matters was chosen to supply and install the system based on the company’s history of successful commercial installations, the provision of high quality components and a pricing point that will see the supermarket benefits from a more rapid return on its investment.
Government rebates and incentives available for renewable energy equipment helped offset a substantial amount of the cost of the system.
The Renaissance Supa IGA Hawthorne is located at 550 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.
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