Keells to expand solar panel projects | Sunday Observer

Keells to expand solar panel projects

John Keells Group will expand its solar powered stores initiative to build 43 stores by next month, thus becoming the second largest multi-site roof top solar installer in Sri Lanka, the company said in a press release.

Keells Supermarkets launched their first two solar powered stores in Boralasgamuwa and Raththanapitiya in 2017 and later expanded to 11 stores, showcasing their commitment to integrate sustainability into their business operations.

“ Our mission towards reducing our carbon footprint and setting an example as a socially and environmentally conscious company is in line with the business’s long term vision of improving the quality of life for the nation. We are already working towards our vision and aspire towards an energy reduction target of 12% by 2020. The operation has been one of the largest multi-site solar installation projects initiated by the Group as a part of their mission for clean energy,“explains President – Retail John Keells Group, Charitha Subasinghe,

Eleven stores that are currently installed with solar power have solar capacity of 1.451 MW. By the end of September 2018, Keells will be running on solar power at 43 of the stores with a 5.519 MW with an expected generation of approximately 653,000 electricity units (kWh) monthly. The expected generation has the capacity to power an average of 9200 households per month and will contribute to approximately 35% of the electricity use within each store.

The future looks positive for the on going initiative as Keells Supermarkets hope to expand their plans for solar PV installations throughout their other stores.