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Canada's First Near Net-Zero Supermarket Leads the Way for a Clean Energy Future

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Source: Smart Grid Observer

October 10, 2018 -- The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources recently announced a $1.44-million investment to help build Canada's first near net-zero supermarket, creating approximately 165 new jobs in the Stouffville area.

Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.'s 40,000 sq. ft. store will use 35 percent less energy than other supermarkets and produce 65 percent of its own energy through renewable technologies.

In partnership with Neelands Group Limited and s2e Technologies Inc., this first-of-its-kind supermarket in Canada aims to reduce between 1,500-2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year by integrating energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems and other sustainable technologies.

Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that clean energy solutions are not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. 

'Longo's Stouffville supermarket will demonstrate first-of-its-kind net-zero energy solutions, making it one of the most sustainable supermarkets in Canada,' says Minister Philpott. 'Through their energy-efficient practices and their use of renewable energy technologies, they are creating new jobs and protecting our environment. Our government is proud to partner on this innovative project.'

'We are committed to the communities in which we operate, and reducing our environmental impact is one more way of demonstrating this,' says Anthony Longo, President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets. 'Longo's has a long-standing commitment to supporting energy reduction initiatives. In fact, we were the first Canadian grocery retailer to have a solar energy system tied to the hydropower grid. With the average grocery store supporting more than one million consumer interactions per year, this first-in-Canada project is a visible way for us to contribute to solving climate change. It will also establish a new benchmark for the performance of future supermarkets in Canada and elsewhere.'

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Also of Interest from SGO:  5th Annual Demand Response & DER World Forum, October 16-17, 2018,  Costa Mesa, CA   >> visit website

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