October 17, 2018
A project to construct Canada’s first net-zero supermarket is underway in Stouffville, ON.
The federal government provided $1.44 million to build the 40,000 square foot Longos Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. store, which aims to produce 65 per cent of its own energy through renewable technologies.
“Supermarkets are one of the more energy-intensive retail businesses due to their large cooling and heating loads,” said Ady Vyas, vice-president of energy solutions at s2e Technologies, provider of store’s microgrid. “Canada’s northern climate makes reducing energy use and therefore GHG emissions in supermarkets even more challenging.”
In partnership with Neelands Group Limited and s2e Technologies Inc., the supermarket aims to reduce between 1,500 to 2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year by integrating energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems and other sustainable technologies.
Federal funding for the project comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program. www.longos.com