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Should Super Markets Expand to Solar?

November 1, 2017

Have you ever thought about how much roof space is available on top of large retailers buildings? Probably not but what you see as just another roof I see as business opportunity after business opportunity!  Unlike household rooftops – where it’s now common to see solar panels – the rooftops of retail and business buildings are usually blank slates.
 

Businesses have an amazing, untapped opportunity to cut power bills while also tackling climate change with clean, affordable and sustainable renewable energy! Think about the places like Woolworths and Coles. They are in almost every town, and suburb across Australia. They generally own their own buildings and have abundant roof top space. These companies of course need huge, and constant amounts of electricity to power large-scale refrigerators, lighting and other electrical appliances every day. I know I'm afraid seeing their power bills!
 

Oddly enough, though, the bigger an energy consumer; the bigger the potential savings from solar. Particularly, if you need power in the middle of the day, when most shops operate. Spending money now on a solar system, means saving money on power every year. It’s also a selling point for customers. Most of us want pollution cut – and most of us peruse the local supermarket aisles for our weekly groceries.


Action needs to come from government, but it can also come from businesses. Add up a few individual businesses and – just like household rooftops collectively generate more than 7 gigawatts of solar – suddenly we’re talking big numbers. It’s slashing pollution and reducing demand on our energy grid and that’s good news for all Australians.


Imagine if every Woolworths and Coles in Australia jumped on board with solar energy. It’s good for the company, its customers and communities. That’s a win-win, right? 

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