Tesco plans solar generation for 100 stores

Tesco plans to install solar panels on 100 of its large stores across the UK over the next three years.

The first store in Thetford, Norfolk, has been fitted with more than 1,000 solar panels as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with renewables investors, Atrato Onsite Energy. Four more stores will begin construction before the end of the year, generating an additional 2GWh of electricity.

The new project builds on the 40 Tesco stores that already have solar panels fitted – generating over 10.5GWh of solar electricity in the last year.

Tesco also has air source heat pumps used to replace gas heating boilers, customer EV charge points and electric delivery vans, so the need for renewable electricity has never been more important.

Ken Murphy, Group CEO, 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.

Gurpreet Gujral, Managing Director at Atrato Partners, who are installing solar panels at Tesco’s Thetford store, said:

Tesco has made impressive progress in its ambitious journey towards net zero, and we are proud to be working together to deliver the next phase of a solar rollout across their portfolio of supermarkets. As the UK’s leading food retailer, Tesco’s adoption of onsite solar will have a significant impact on emissions, and we look forward to supporting the business over the coming years to bring clean, traceable energy to more sites up and down the country.

The latest five stores receiving solar panels are:

  • Thetford – over 1,000 panels, already generating c.300MWh of electricity per year
  • Stevenage – generating c.275MWh of electricity per annum
  • Wisbech – generating c.660 MWh of electricity per annum
  • Kings Lynn – generating c.530MWh of electricity per annum
  • Stockport – generating c.275MWh of electricity per annum

More information on Tesco’s plan for climate action can be found here: tescoplc.com/blog/a-better-basket-our-plan-for-climate-action