Supermarket firm Lidl signs deal to install solar panels in European hubs

5 June 2009 - German supermarket operator Lidl Stiftung has entered into a framework agreement with Enfinity of Belgium and with Germany's SolarMarkt for the installation and maintenance of solar systems on logistics centres of Lidl in Europe.

Lidl is planning to make an investment in the three-digit millions range in solar systems for the generation of electricity on the buildings of its European subsidiaries.
Lidl is one of the leading discount food supermarkets in many European countries and owns numerous buildings used for logistics and sales purposes.  In the future, Lidl will focus on solar technology for the generation of environmentally friendly electricity.

Under the motto "Auf dem Weg nach Morgen" Lidl has already been contributing to the protection of the environment and the improvement of energy efficiency.  As early as in 2006, for instance, a solar system on the roof of the logistics centre in Hartheim was put into operation.
Enfinity and SolarMarkt AG will use special substructure systems and different solar module types for the large roof surfaces, which will guarantee the successful operation of the solar systems on a long-term basis. "We developed a complete package for Lidl and will be operating the systems after their installation", explains Dr. Karl Bangert, manager of Enfinity Germany.
Preparations for the installation of the solar systems are already underway and the works will start in several countries in the months to come.  In addition to Germany, the systems will also be installed in Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

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