Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower Renewables has completed construction of its first new onshore windfarm in five years, in partnership with Tesco.
The 30MW Halsary farm in Caithness was built under a PPA, and is the integrated clean generator-retailer’s first windfarm built without government support.
The 15-turbine facility is now generating enough clean energy for the equivalent of almost 20,000 homes. The supermarket chain’s stores and operations across the country are its dedicated beneficiaries.
Onshore wind is the cheapest way of generating electricity in the UK, Lindsay McQuade, ScottishPower Renewables’ CEO asserted.
“The UK needs to quadruple the amount of clean renewable energy available over the next 30 years”, Ms McQuade added, “if we’re to have any chance of meeting Net Zero targets and tackling the climate emergency. It’s a massive challenge”.
“With less than 100 days to the COP26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow, ..we’re excited to be supporting Tesco in reaching its sustainability and climate goals. “We know every little helps if we’re all going to enjoy a cleaner, greener and better future, quicker.”, she added.
Jason Tarry, Tesco’s chief executive in Britain and Ireland said, “This is a critical year for climate action. These long-term renewable energy agreements are crucial to securing Tesco’s future energy needs and meeting our net zero commitments.
“Real change requires that businesses now start moving from making commitments to driving transformative action. Now is the time to accelerate our efforts to tackle the biggest challenge of our lifetime.”
The supermarket chain is committed to reach Net Zero by 2035. By 2025, it targets a 60% reduction in carbon emissions as registered in 2016 on all its direct operations.