Les Mousquetaires, which operates the Intermarché banner in France, has teamed up with the government to develop a photovaltic energy strategy.
Working alongside the Ministère de la Transition Écologie et Solidaire, the group has committed to reduce its energy costs by 40% and source close to a third (32%) of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, as well as implement a ‘zero waste’ plan by 2025.
The retailer said that in order to achieve these goals, it is ‘committed to actively promoting and participating in the development of solar energy in France’, announcing a five-year plan that will see 500,000 square metres of photovoltaic panels introduced to its stores.
Last November, Les Mousquetaires unveiled 1,900 square metres of solar panels across the car part of its Lanriec-Concarneau, in the north west of the country. This facility can produce up to 280,000 kWh of solar energy per year.
“Lanriec-Concarneau is proof of our commitment to solar energy and renewable energies,” commented ean-Marc L'Huillier, sustainable development director at Les Mousquetaires. “We want to make our businesses energy efficient buildings and put in place measures in order to get there.”
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