Nobody can accuse supermarkets of being inefficient or uneconomical, which is why it’s good news to see that Sainsbury’s has become the UK’s and Europe’s largest producer of solar energy from rooftop solar panels. They have installed around 69,500 solar panels on the roofs of their UK supermarkets, and by so doing cut an estimated 6,800 tonnes of carbon emissions.
There has been a lot of talk about government targets to reduce carbon emissions significantly in the UK by 2020, however that is only going to happen if businesses and individuals get involved as well. Sainsbury’s therefore has its own targets, to cut their carbon emissions 30% in absolute terms and 65% in relative terms of their 2005 level by 2020. And ten years after that to have cut their carbon footprint by 50%.
Solar Panel Installations
Quite a lot of major companies have been having solar panels installed, either at factories or at the headquarters. This is a good indication that they are still financially viable, despite the cut in the feed in tariff rate. After all, an environmentalist individual might decide that it is worth possibly making a loss to get solar panels on their roof. However, a for-profit company could not afford to do that, they must think about the financial implications as well.
Many people believe that corporations do not care about the environment. The truth is though that they will care about what their customers care about. If consumers are more inclined to shop at a supermarket that has good green credentials, then supermarkets will compete for the best green credentials. As a side product, they will also be helping the environment.
Indeed, as CEO of Sainsbury’s Justin King said in a statement, following the news that his company is now the largest operator of rooftop PV solar panels in the UK, it is good for the environment and for business. Whether he happens to care about the environment or not, as CEO he cares about the environment if it complements the business. In this system, the desires of consumers are the most important thing.
However, it still wouldn’t make any sense for them to install so many solar panels if they were not saving money with them. Which actually begs the question, raised by Justin King in his interview, as to why other supermarkets are not making use of their roof space to do the same thing.
Solar Energies UK
As individuals, however, we do not have to wait for large companies or governments to decide to take the plunge in to solar energy UK production, we can do something about it ourselves. Solar panel installations cost a lot less these days than they used to, so it’s well worth looking in to whether it makes sense financially for you.
If you would like to find out more then contact Solar Energies UK on our freephone and we can provide you with free expert advice, an information pack and a free quote as well.