Tesco to invest in Oxfordshire solar farm


Food retailer Tesco is launching a new partnership with renewable energy investor, Low Carbon, that will see the creation of three new solar farms in the UK, one of which will be in Oxfordshire.

The three farms (the others will be in Essex and Anglesey) will generate up to 130GWh of energy per year, enough to power 44,828 three-bedroom homes, and help Tesco procure more renewable energy for the grid. The work is part of the retailer’s commitment to use 100 per cent renewable electricity across the Tesco Group by 2030.

The current project follows the supermarket’s announcement last year that it would begin sourcing renewable energy from five onshore windfarms. This is in addition to fitting thousands of solar panels across its UK store network, with 60 stores fitted out already.

Tesco has also put 30 electric delivery vans on the road in London this month, with plans to have a fully electric home delivery fleet by 2028 and it is also rolling out 2,400 charging points for customers across 600 stores, with 400 stores due to be fitted with the chargers by the end of 2020. By the time the programme has concluded, Tesco says it will have boosted the UK’s electric charging network by 14 per cent.

Seán Mallon, Climate Change Specialist, WWF said: “This is a welcome step from Tesco towards a net-zero future. It’s the kind of positive change we need to see from all businesses if we’re going to achieve a sustainable economy.”