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    Longo’s Expands Renewable Energy Program

    The Canadian grocer is tying solar systems to the local grid at 2 locations

    Canadian grocer Longo’s has expanded its renewable energy program by tying solar systems to the local grid at two new locations. The solar systems, installed by Ozz Electric, include 1,000 solar panels and Sungrow inverters, and produce enough clean power to reduce CO2 emissions equal to the carbon sequestered by 139 acres of forest in one year.

    “We’re very proud to be leading the way by being the first grocer in Canada to tie its solar power to the grid at our support center, and now continue that expansion to our stores,” said Jerry Buligan, Longo’s director of risk management. “At Longo’s, we are deeply committed to the environment, and our partnership with Sungrow speaks to the importance of bringing sustainable green energy to our customers and the communities we serve.”

    Longo’s tied its first solar system to the local grid July 2011 at its main support center. Now, Longo’s Winston Churchill, Mississauga, and Markham locations have installed rooftop solar panels as part of the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-in Tariff Program. The panels create electricity that reduces the strain on the electric grid, as well as emissions from power plants. Over the next six months, Longo’s plans to install systems at two additional locations in the greater Toronto area.

    The project is a part of Longo’s greater "Green Initiative"s strategy, which includes recycling plastic, composting, eco-friendly packaging and participation in the Ontario Power Authority’s "Demand Response 3" program.

    “Sungrow’s vision of a more sustainable greater Toronto area is aligned with Longo’s, and this project demonstrates our commitment to the local community,” said Mizhi Zhang, CEO of Vaughan, Ontario-based Sungrow Canada. “Sungrow will provide 24/7 support and prompt service to ensure optimal project performance.”

    A family-owned Canadian organization, Longo’s first opened its doors in Toronto in 1956 and now operates 22 traditional stores, four small-format “The Market” by Longo’s, and GroceryGateway.com, its e-commerce site, and employs more than 4,800 team members across the greater Toronto area.

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