The first advanced solar panels were installed on the roof of the EUROSPAR Supermarket in Gortahork, within the scope of a partnership between BWG Group, the license holder for SPAR in Ireland, and the Irish renewable energy efficiency company Enerpower.

EUROSPAR Gortahork, in the northwest of county Donegal in Ireland, owned by the McClafferty family, is the first store to complete the solar panel installation which is expected to see a 15% reduction in the store’s carbon emissions and a significant annual cost saving on energy bills of up to 15%. Further installations are being rolled out to other EUROSPAR Supermarkets in the counties of Louth and Kilkenny in the coming months, as part of the partnership.

The advanced solar panels that will be deployed as part of the scheme are highly efficient and are designed to deliver significant energy cost savings.

“We are pleased to announce that the EUROSPAR Supermarket in Gortahork is the first store to launch this exciting partnership. EUROSPAR in Ireland is committed to seeking out new opportunities and innovations that will help us and our retailers to reduce our carbon footprint. We look forward to other retailers benefiting from this collaboration as they seek to future-proof their businesses from an environmental impact perspective," said EUROSPAR Ireland Managing Director, Malachy Hanberry.

“We are delighted with this addition to our EUROSPAR Supermarket. That we will benefit from significant savings while also helping the environment is a great bonus and I am thrilled that we are the first EUROSPAR Supermarket in the estate to have this innovation," said owner of the EUROSPAR Supermarket Gortahork, Thomas McClafferty.

This initiative is just one example of the trials implemented by SPAR in Ireland to encourage a reduced environmental impact throughout its retail and supply chain network.