Makro Woodmead becomes second massmart store powered by renewable energy
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Makro is proud to announce that the Woodmead store will be its second to make use of renewable energy. In line with the company’s on-going commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, a total of 1720 solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels are being installed at the Makro Woodmead store. It is estimated that the solar plant PV installation, which is entirely car park mounted, will produce approximately 709 500 kilowatts of electricity a year and account for an estimated 20% of the store’s total annual energy consumption.
“The power plant is 430kW in size, making it slightly smaller than the 520kW plant we installed at the Makro Carnival store which opened in April,” says Massmart Group Sustainability Manager Alex Haw.
The PV plant installation is 70% complete and is expected to be online by the end of November.
Alan Walker, Makro SA’s Store Development Manager says “Implementing PV at our stores underlines our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Since 2010 we have been greening our stores with the aim of saving energy, reducing running costs, improving the in-store environment and customer shopping experience. We achieve this by ensuring that all new stores are sustainably developed and that older stores are retrofitted with a variety of energy management technologies and systems.”
To further minimise the store’s impact on the environment, Makro has added additional green technologies to reduce overall water and energy consumption. These include installing daylight harvesting, lighting controllers, energy efficient lighting, heat reclaim facilities, thermal storage systems, as well as condensate harvesting.
Therefore in addition to the PV panels, the Makro Woodmead store has a daylight harvesting system that reduces its electrical lighting requirements. Other energy saving technologies include 100% LED sales floor lighting and motion sensors in the offices and storage rooms that automatically switch lights on and off.
Makro has also invested in an energy-efficient refrigeration solution with the latest energy saving features; including improved insulation and heat reclaim systems. This refrigeration solution also uses carbon dioxide which is 100% natural, has zero ozone depleting (ODP) and a global warming potential (GWP) rating of 1.
Massmart will run a pilot early next year at its Builders Warehouse store in Northriding.
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Notes to Editors
Makro now has 20 warehouse clubs in South Africa trading in food, general merchandise and liquor with stores located in major metropolitan areas, operating under a low cost/low margin trading philosophy. This ethos enables high volume distribution of merchandise at competitive prices. Makro’s consumers include retail and commercial customers and traders.
Massmart is a managed portfolio of four divisions, each focused on high volume, low margin, low-cost distribution of mainly branded consumer goods for cash, through 414 stores in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. At Massmart we recognise that we have a role to play in working with our suppliers to manufacture and source products in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.