Shelburne No Frills gets 481 solar panels

October 31, 2013   ·   0 Comments

John’s No Frills in Shelburne is moving ahead of the town in energy production by the installation of 481 solar panels. Town council is just now in the process of preparing an application for five smaller installations under the feed-in-tariff program (FIT).

The Shelburne No Frills is one of 10 or more corporate Loblaw stores in Ontario where solar panels are being installed this year.

Ontario Power Authority had announced in March 2010 that it had awarded Loblaw Companies Limited approval for rooftop solar installations on 136 of its Ontario grocery store as part of the approval of 510 FIT applications.

The Authority didn’t specify the capacity of the 136 although it said the total capacity of the 510 projects would be 112 megawatts.

Although store owner John van Teunenbroek was aware of the program his specific information was somewhat sketchy about his 481 panels as it is the corporation that’s installing the panels. He pointed out that, although he owns the business, the building belongs to the corporation.

John said he feels the solar electricity generation is “a great thing (and) an opportunity to create a new resource.”

For its part, Loblaw Companies Limited is not only producing electricity but is also taking measures to reduce consumption in its operations.

In addition to solar panel implementation, it says among other things on its website that it has reduced total energy consumption by 3.1% per square foot in existing corporate stores. Its aim had been to complete lighting retrofits in 80 corporate stores; it completed the refits in 127.

The corporation is also aiming at greater fuel efficiency in its fleet, including a 20% increase in the use of rail transport.

Shelburne’s No Frills is John’s first store. He said he was employed by Loblaw in Woodbridge and Newmarket for four years from 2004, and then went on a three-year training course before he obtained his Shelburne franchise on Oct. 23, 2011.

A native of Newmarket, he says he’s really a small-town type of person. “I love it (here in Shelburne),” he said. “I had no interest in a store in the city.”

By Wes Keller




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