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Tesco to power stores with roof-mounted solar panels and wind farms

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Tesco has signed up for a project that will see it source green electricity directly from wind farms, solar farms and solar panels on its own stores.

The move is part of retailer’s commitment to use 100% renewable electricity across business by 2030 and will save around 90,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The project will see the creation of five onshore windfarms and one solar farm across the UK as well as solar panels fitted to 187 of Tesco’s UK stores. The project will be the biggest of its type ever completed by a retailer in the UK with the new sources of green electricity able to power the equivalent of 140,000 homes.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said: “Our supply chain and long-term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment. This project represents a major milestone in our journey to using 100% renewable electricity by 2030.”

Seán Mallon, Climate Change Specialist at WWF, commented: “It’s encouraging to see Tesco taking such positive steps towards reaching its goal to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030.”

“As part of our long-term partnership, WWF will be supporting Tesco to accelerate this ambition. 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.”

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