WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

Supermarket of the future - sun powers Coles at Byford

In a first for Coles in Western Australia, its new supermarket at Byford has installed solar power to generate enough electricity for 50 average Australian homes.

Powered by 770 solar panels, up to 20 per cent of the supermarket’s annual energy use comes from the 1,260sqm of solar panels installed on the store’s roof.

Coles Head of Energy Vikas Ahuja said Coles at Byford is the first of its kind in Western Australia.

“Our Byford store is the fifth Coles supermarket across Australia to go solar and the first in Western Australia. When the sun is high in the sky, the system produces more than half of the store’s electricity,” Vikas said.

“As part of ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency and become a more sustainable business, Coles will aim to install solar panels at up to 20 more supermarkets nationally by the end of next financial year.”

Coles at Byford was selected as the state’s flagship solar powered supermarket due to the growing Byford population.  

Coles Byford Store Manager Leigh Lahogue said his team was proud of the store’s new feature.

“I am a big believer in utilising renewable energy and it’s great to see Coles leading the business in a sustainable direction,” Leigh said.