Tesco to roll out solar panels across 100 stores

The initiative will support the supermarket giant’s goal of becoming carbon neutral across its own operations by 2035

Big Zero Report 2023

Tesco has unveiled new plans to install solar panels across 100 stores over the next three years.

The initiative, which will form part of a number of new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable investors, could generate around 20GWh of electricity.

That’s enough to charge the equivalent of 300,000 Tesco electric home delivery vans.

The project will support Tesco’s aim of becoming carbon neutral across its own operations by 2035.

The first store in Thetford has been fitted with more than 1,000 solar panels as part of a PPA with Atrato Onsite Energy, with four more stores to start construction this month, generating an additional 2GWh of electricity.

The latest initiative builds on the 40 Tesco stores that already have solar panels fitted, generating more than 10.5GWh of green electricity in the last year, equivalent to 3,800 homes.

Tesco Group CEO Ken Murphy said: “As we all face into the effects of climate change, scaling up our use of clean renewable energy has never been more important.

“That’s why we are continuing our work to source green electricity from our own estate, setting out ambitious plans to install solar panels on the roofs of 100 of our large stores across the UK over the next three years – moving us further towards our target to be carbon neutral in our own operations by 2035.”

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