ShopRite of Garwood Unveils 276 Kilowatt Installation of 1,024 solar panels

Keasbey, NJ (January 6, 2010) – ShopRite announced today the installation of a solar power system to reduce energy consumption and lower the environmental impact of its Garwood, NJ store. This environmentally-based renovation consists of the mounting of 1,024 solar panels – each fixed to the roof of the ShopRite of Garwood – that will produce approximately 303,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually to power in-store refrigeration and lighting. The new solar panel system is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 200 tons annually.

“This solar panel installation allows us to build sustainable practices into our business while still providing quality service and comfort to our customers,” stated James Sumas, CEO of Village Super Market, Inc., which owns and operates the ShopRite of Garwood. “We recognize that our customers look for a shopping experience that not only offers them service and value but that also fulfills their desire to do what’s right for the environment. We will continue to look for new ways in which to reduce our environmental impact and to maintain an environmentally responsible store.”

Village Super Market tapped Rockaway, NJ-based The Solar Center to install the state-of-the art Photovoltaic (PV) system. “We are thrilled to be working on this project that is sure to set the standard for sustainability in the supermarket industry,” said Gerry Heimbuch, vice president of Commercial Operations at The Solar Center. “This is one of the biggest green initiatives in the county and we are proud that The Solar Center was selected for the installation.”

The ShopRite of Garwood is located at 563 North Avenue East, Garwood, NJ 07027. Its hours of operation are: Monday-Wednesday, 7am-10pm; Thursday-Saturday, 7am-11pm; and Sunday, 7am-9pm