Tesco expands its solar capacity with new 5MW PPA with EDF

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Published: 28 Oct 2019, 09:29

Tesco is aiming to use 100% renewable energy by 2030. Image: Pexels

Tesco is aiming to use 100% renewable energy by 2030. Image: Pexels

EDF Renewables has signed three power purchase agreements (PPA) with supermarket giant Tesco, to provide 60MW of power. This includes a deal to build 17 roof mounted solar installations.

The solar installations will be made up of 15,000 solar PV panels, with a capacity of 5MWp.

CEO of EDF Renewables UK, Matthieu Hue said the agreement showed the company’s ability to provide “diverse solutions for customers in terms of low cost renewable electricity”.

“These exciting projects also demonstrate our ability to develop subsidy free solar and wind in the UK as well as underpinning the important part these technologies play in de-carbonising the UK electricity system to reach the country’s net zero targets by 2050.”

The other two PPAs will both be wind farms in Scotland, with a total capacity of 54MW. One will be a 10.8MW extension to the Burnfoot East wind farm project, and the other will be a brand new farm with a capacity of around 43MW, the details of which will be announced later.

The projects will form part of the EDF Group’s Cap 2030 strategy, helping the company to double its renewable capacity globally between 2015 and 2030 to net 50GW.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said: “Our supply chain and long-term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment. 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.”

Tesco has already made a number of moves into developing its renewable capacity, after Solar Power Portal exclusively revealed in January that it was planning a major rollout of solar on the roofs of its stores in the UK. The company has since signed a PPA to install around 5MW of rooftop solar PV, as well as entering into a trial looking at the potential of using it’s refrigeration capacity to provide frequency response.

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