Tesco rides the Scottish wind

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Tesco has unveiled plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio by announcing a new wind farm deal in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

Teaming up with EDF Renewables UK, the retail giant aims to procure 150GWh of power annually from the Stranoch windfarm, due to become operational in 2026.

The windfarm, boasting 20 turbines and generating 102MW, is set to power the equivalent of over 80 Tesco supermarkets for a year.

This move aligns with Tesco’s commitment to procure more renewable electricity, part of their strategy to achieve carbon-neutrality in their operations by 2035.

In addition to the Stranoch windfarm, Tesco has announced agreements with other renewable energy providers, including the opening of a windfarm in North Lanarkshire and the activation of four solar farms.

Together, these projects will contribute 300GWh of renewable energy annually to Tesco’s portfolio.

The retailer also aims to install onsite solar PPAs at 100 stores over the next three years to boost their renewable energy initiatives further.

Andy Henley, Tesco Corporate Finance Director, said: “Scaling up the production of clean renewable energy has never been more important, so we’re delighted that five new renewable electricity sites have started generating clean green power for Tesco.”

Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive of EDF Renewables UK commented: “At a time when tackling climate change and energy security are rightly understood as essential, EDF Renewables UK is delighted to work so closely with Tesco on many projects sourced from a large and diverse renewables generation portfolio.”

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