Tesco has announced a major green power project in the UK, one that will see five onshore windfarms and a solar farm created by 2020.
The project, the largest of its kind to ever be completed by a retailer in the UK, was unveiled on 29 October and falls under Tesco’s commitment to use 100% renewable electricity across the Tesco Group by 2030. It will see 335,000 m2 of solar panels fitted to 187 Tesco stores and is expected to create more than 400 new jobs in the UK’s renewable industry.
Three onshore wind sites, all in Scotland, have been confirmed to be part of the project – EDF’s Burnfoot East, BayWa RE’s Inverclyde and ScottishPower’s Halsary – with a further two in development. The Green Investment Group (GIG) has announced that it will own and operate solar PV systems at a number of Tesco sites, with the retailer paying an agreed price for the power they generate.
Welcoming the project, Seán Mallon, Climate Change Specialist at WWF, said: “All businesses must act with increased ambition and urgency to reduce emissions and end our contribution to climate change. We are the last generation who can stop this crisis from becoming a catastrophe.”