Hannaford Supermarkets, which operates 184 stores in five Northeast states, has said it plans to be fully powered by renewable energy by 2024, reports Progressive Grocer. Currently the Maine-based chain operates at 30 percent renewable energy.
Supermarkets have traditionally been energy intensive, but Hannaford says it's been working to reduce its energy consumption. Over the last two years, reports Progressive Grocer, the company says it has converted 86.4 megawatts of its remaining electricity usage to solar—enough electricity to power 16,000 typical homes for a year, according to Hannaford.
The grocer retailer currently has rooftop solar panels on 10 of its stores. Other implemented energy efficiency projects include LED lights, night shades, doors on cases, and state-of-the-art refrigeration systems. Hannaford intends to couple its efforts of upgrades and conversions with integrating community and large-scale solar projects in Maine and New York.
“Hannaford has always been serious about sustainability — and over time, it’s become an integral business function. But there is a sense of urgency as we witness the planet in the midst of a climate crisis,” said George Parmenter, who leads sustainability efforts for the company. “Hannaford wants to lead where we can make the most impact — and renewable energy is just another step in our journey.”
Hannaford, an Ahold Delhaize USA brand, has committed to be a net-zero carbon business by 2040.