New Zealand's first wind powered supermarket
Last updated 05:00 10/09/2009

A Canterbury supermarket will become the country's first wind-powered grocery store.

New World Lincoln, which opens next month, will generate some of its electricity from two 10-metre turbines in the store's car park.

Wind turbines are used at supermarkets in Europe and North America, but the Lincoln project is believed to be a New Zealand first.

Foodstuffs general manager property and retail development Roger Davidson said its new stores were designed to be energy-efficient.

"It's all part of the sustainable buildings that we create nowadays and a legacy of the work we've put in over the last six to seven years," he said.

"If we're creating our own energy, we're not drawing as much from the national grid. It's really supplementing our usage."

The store would use non-ozone-depleting carbon dioxide in its refrigeration systems, which Davidson said would reduce the carbon footprint by 20 per cent.

Foodstuffs had consulted environmental group Lincoln Envirotown.

Envirotown chairwoman Sue Jarvis said she was thrilled its "sustainability wishlist" had been considered in the design.

"A lot of it was about saving energy and using native plants, but we also thought the generation of electricity would be really good.

"Obviously, they've taken that on board."

Davidson was confident the area was windy enough to run the turbines, which could be rotated to catch flows.

"In you live in Christchurch, you know we do have the occasional nor'west wind and even some quite strong northeasterly winds," he said.

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