Tesco’s major green investment goes live with windfarm in the Scottish Highlands
A new windfarm backed by Tesco is now live and generating renewable energy as the supermarket looks to drive progress towards its net zero commitments
The 30MW 15-turbine Halsary wind farm in Caithness has been created in partnership with Scottish Power.
The supermarket said the facility will provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of almost 20,000 homes a year and represents a major step towards powering its stores directly from renewable sources and its aim of becoming a net zero business by 2035.
In 2019, Tesco announced a major project to source green electricity directly from five windfarms. These are part of the largest unsubsidised renewable Power Purchase Agreement in the UK and cover five windfarms and four solar farms, which when completed will provide nearly 600GWh every year. When fully operational, they will supply Tesco with over 20% of its electricity needs direct from renewable energy.
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI chief executive, said: “This is a critical year for climate action and these long-term renewable energy agreements are crucial to securing Tesco’s future energy needs and meeting our net zero commitments. These partnerships will also help create more affordable access to renewable energy and support the UK in realising its climate change targets.
“Real change requires that businesses now start moving from making commitments to driving transformative action. Now is the time to accelerate our efforts to tackle the biggest challenge of our lifetime.”