Lincs Co-op invests in solar power

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Market Rasen Co-op will be part of a new £120,000 solar panel investment.

Work has started on an energy project to instal solar panels in eight Lincolnshire Co-op outlets in: Long Sutton, Riseholme, Louth, Alford, Newark and two in Lincoln. Another two sites are still to be chosen.

Freewatt Renewable Energy engineers will be fitting the panels. When all eight sites are completed 71,000 kWh of energy a year will be produced. This is enough to power 238 fridge freezers for a year.

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 produced helps the environment and we’re excited to be following on from our successful solar panel trial at Winning Post with eight more sites.”

Lincolnshire Co-op is one of 650 organisations worldwide to be awarded with the Carbon Trust Standard. The solar panels are predicted to save more than 37,000 kg of Co2 per year.