Tesco to install 15,000 solar panels amid major sustainable energy push

Tesco has signed a deal which will see 15,000 solar panels installed on 17 of its stores by the end of next year, amid a major investment in sustainable energy.

EDF Renewables has signed three separate Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Tesco, which will see it provide 60 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to the grocery giant.

Alongside the installation of thousands of solar panels, on which construction has already started, EDF will build two onshore windfarms in Scotland to provide power to the retailer.

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The first of which will be an extension to the Burnfoot cluster located in Clackmannanshire, providing an extra 10.8 MW to the existing 42 MW, set to be completed in mid-2020.

A second entirely new windfarm will be built with a capacity of around 43 MW, but details have not yet been released.

“Our supply chain and long-term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment,” Tesco UK’s chief executive Jason Tarry said.

“Our customers and colleagues expect Tesco to play its part in caring for the planet. This project represents a major milestone in our journey to using 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030.”

EDF Renewables chief executive Matthieu Hue added: “These exciting projects demonstrate our ability to develop subsidy free solar and wind in the UK as well as underpinning the important part these technologies play in decarbonising the UK electricity system to reach the country’s net zero targets by 2050.”

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