Aldi UK has pledged to install on-site solar power on more than 50 stores by the end of 2017, in addition to all nine of its regional distribution centres and more than 275 stores across the UK.

The company has announced that it will install a further 11,000 solar panels across more than 50 of its stores by the end of the year.
Aldi solar power
The supermarket has already installed more than 85,000 solar panels on all nine of its regional distribution centres and more than 275 stores across the UK, generating over 17,500 MWh of electricity a year.

This deployment will now be extended by the end of the year, bringing its total store investment in solar to almost £17 million and saving more than 8,100 tonnes of CO2 in the process.

Mary Dunn, communications director at Aldi UK, said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and harnessing the power of solar energy is just one of the ways we’re doing that.

“It also means that we are using all of our distribution centres and more than a third of our stores across the UK to generate electricity from solar power, marking a further significant step in our journey to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, while continuing to grow.”

Almost one million homes, businesses and schools in the UK are thought to have solar on their roofs, while ground mount solar has grown exponentially in recent years to reach in excess of 12.5GW of total UK solar.