The Lidl supermarket chain has installed 7,200 solar panels on the roof of its distribution centre in Sint-Niklaas. The investment cost 1.6 million euros, according to Lidl, which hopes to satisfy 12.5% of its consumption with renewable energy.
The Sint-Niklaas distribution centre is one of the biggest Lidl centres in Belgium. The refrigerators there, in particular, consume a great deal of energy.
The panels installed on the roof will supply 1,730 GWh of energy per year, enough to provide 600 households per year with electricity.
The distribution centre supplies 80 stores in the provinces of East and West Flanders.