Calgary Co-op enters energy efficiency game with the installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system

Friday, August 25 (Calgary, Alberta) – Calgary Co-op is excited to announce our shift towards renewable energy with the installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems at select food centre locations throughout the Calgary area.

With six additional CHP systems set to be installed in select food centres over the next year, the Shawnessy Calgary Co-op location is the first fully dedicated CHP system to be installed into a grocery store in Western Canada.

“Calgary Co-op is committed to providing our members with exceptional customer experiences and services that sustain and grow our business and communities,” said Tony Argento, Director, Real Estate and Development. “The installation of the CHP systems provide renewable energy to our food centres and is just one of the many ways Calgary Co-op is listening to our environmentally-minded members.”

Using cogeneration technology, the CHP systems is an efficient and environmentally conscious approach to generating power using waste heat produced by natural gas to boil water that is used to heat/cool a building.

The current system installed at the Shawnessy food centre has been operational for five months, with tremendous reductions to the overhead utility costs by 30 per cent, reduced energy waste to 90 per cent in efficiency, and significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Due to the CHP system running parallel to the central grid, a component can be added at a later date that can provide the system with the capability of generating enough power to continue to run the food centres during city-wide power outages.

About Calgary Co-op
Owned by members, Calgary Co-op is one of the largest retail co-operatives in North America. Our locations in Calgary, Airdrie, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks and Strathmore include: food centres, pharmacies, gas bars, car washes, commercial cardlocks, home health care centres, and wine, spirits and beer locations. With over 460,000 members, 3,850 employees, assets of $565 million and annual sales of $1.18 billion, Calgary Co-op was recognized as one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers of 2017, and is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience through inspired team members.


For further information, please contact:

Robyn Soper
Senior Communications and Events Coordinator
Calgary Co-operative Association Limited
Office: 403.219.6025 ext. 6912
Cell: 403-700-2619