Solar PV Installation
In December 2018, we installed a 470 panel Solar photovoltaic system on the roof of our business support offices and central warehouse in Athlone. The installation will generate up to 150kWp of renewable power, and will reduce consumption from the grid by circa 120,000 kWh per annum preventing approximately 80,000kg of harmful carbon dioxide from being released to the environment each year. The installation covers 835m2 of roof area and is expected to generate over 85% of our electrical energy demand at the site.
We replaced all light fittings in the 45 locations nationwide with energy efficient LED lighting. This will achieve savings of approximately 667,000 kWh per annum or 447,000kg of carbon dioxide.
Diesel fork lifts have been replaced with four new electric Jungheinrich fork lifts in the distribution centre was taken to support the company's commitment to reducing carbon emissions. These high efficiency forklifts will utilise the majority of the approximately 3.75Mwh of surplus power which is currently being generated by the Solar PV system and as a result will deliver an estimated CO2 savings of 67,480kg per annum.
Installer Training on Clean Energy Technology
In addition to instigating these fundamental changes in how we operate, our sister company Heat Merchants provides training on the installation and servicing of domestic solar PV systems and heat pumps to support the introduction of this clean energy technology to the market. ‘Heat Merchants Group is a key promoter of sustainable energy solutions for both domestic and commercial projects, we provide information, training and support on the most energy efficient solutions available and will provide custom technical designs for both domestic and commercial applications'.