Home furnishings specialist Dunelm said this morning it is stepping up solar generation on-site at its UK stores this year.

Three more sites will benefit from PV before July, adding over 2,600 new panels this financial year to the chain’s parc of installed PV panels, towards an intended yearly output of over 930MWh.

The planned expansion adds to on-roof arrays installed already on the chain’s Leicestershire HQ, plus its stores in Swansea, Derby, Romford and Bristol.

Across its portfolio of over 150 outlets, Dunelm says it sourced 99.7 per cent of its power from renewable sources in the last financial year.

The retailer’s property director Steve Barton declared: “We’re very proud to be stepping up the solar panel roll-out in line with our ambition to reach net zero by 2030.”

“The investment comes in support of Dunelm’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, which were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative last autumn

Within a broader target to reach Net Zero emissions by 2040, Dunelm has in addition committed to an SBTi-validated near term target to halve absolute emissions from Scopes 1, 2 and 3 against a 2019 benchmark by the same deadline.  By 2040, it has a goal to cut Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 90 per cent.

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