SOUTH AFRICA – The Shoprite Group, Africa’s largest retailer, has made significant strides in its sustainability efforts by installing three new rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

The systems, located at the company’s Canelands distribution center in KwaZulu-Natal, will generate 1.9 GW of electricity, enough to power more than 350 households for a year.

Since 2022, Shoprite Group has increased the capacity of its solar PV systems by 36.5% under its accelerated solar rollout program.

This expansion has been extended to 76 sites, helping alleviate pressure on the national electricity grid. During the same period, the group nearly doubled its use of clean energy, which now accounts for 5.8% of its electricity sourcing.

Sanjeev Raghubir, Shoprite Group’s Corporate Social Investment head of sustainability, emphasized the importance of solar PV in the company’s efforts to combat climate change.

“Solar PV plays a pivotal role in our strategy to mitigate climate change, and we are committed to expanding our use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency to reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” Raghubir said.

The group’s focus on sustainability extends beyond solar energy. For instance, its LED lamp replacement project has led to a reduction in electricity consumption by 161 million kWh.

Raghubir noted that these solar installations enhance the resilience of Shoprite’s operations and supply chain as the company works towards a sustainable future.

Overall, Shoprite Group’s initiatives in solar power, fresh produce retailing, and partnerships with small businesses underscore the company’s dedication to sustainability and community support.

 These efforts not only contribute to a greener future but also enhance the overall shopping experience for customers.

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