Tesco launches windfarm in Scottish Highlands

Tesco has launched launched its new windfarm in the Scottish Highlands, in partnership with ScottishPower Renewables. 

The agreement is set to help the Big 4 grocer help hit its net zero targets for UK operations by 2035 by building Halsary Windfarm in Caithness. 

The project boasts 15 30MW turbines and can generate enough power for 20,000 houses per year.  

The partnership was formed to create part of the UK’s “largest ever unsubsidised” renewable energy Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). 

It covers five windfarms and four solar farms and will provide nearly 600GWh per year with the capacity to power almost 80,000 homes once fully operational.  

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The PPA is also set to provide 560 additional jobs in clean energy and will eventually provide the store with 20 per cent of its electricity requirements. 

“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,” Tesco UK chief executive Jason Tarry said.  

“These partnerships will also help create more affordable access to renewable energy and support the UK in realising its climate change targets.” 

ScottishPower Renewables chief executive Lindsay McQuade added: “Halsary is the first ScottishPower windfarm to be developed without a government support scheme and we’re very proud its completion will bring more clean energy on to the grid and support Tesco’s net zero ambitions. 

“There’s a growing market across the UK for partnerships like this, which deliver new green assets and bring clean energy to the market, and these will be crucial in delivering the changes needed at the necessary pace and scale to tackle the climate emergency and reach net zero.” 

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