SCARBOROUGH, MAINE – Hannaford Supermarkets plans to be entirely powered by renewable energy by 2024.

It’s  the most aggressive timetable for going all-renewable by a large-scale supermarket chain, according to Hannaford.

“Doing what’s right for our business includes doing what’s right for our associates, community, and our planet,” said Mike Vail, Hannaford’s president. “Powering Hannaford with 100% renewable energy sources will make an immediate, positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions. This is an important leap forward in our sustainability journey—and one that we hope sparks others to join. Prioritizing the health of our communities and the planet is a win for us all.” 

Hannaford has already implemented energy efficiency projects like LED lights, night shades, doors on cases and state-of-the-art refrigeration systems—and has rooftop solar on 10 of its stores. 

“Hannaford is light years ahead of the rest of the industry when it comes to their sustainability efforts—and they’ve been doing so for well over a decade,” said Peter Cooke, cofounder of the Ratio Institute, an organization dedicated to accelerating measurable sustainability and viability in food retail. “Hannaford associates continue to rally behind making the company more sustainable and that is an advantage to their current and future success in making the planet healthier and greener.”