Retail giant Tesco has installed four wind turbines to power three of its distribution centres (DC) in Daventry and Newport, it was confirmed today.
At 90 metres high they will produce a significant amount of the centre’s needs, with each capable of powering 500 domestic homes and surplus energy redirected to the national grid.
Tesco is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050 and builds on previous investments by the grocer into energy efficient and low-carbon technologies.
Jake Ronay, Renewables Programme Manager at Tesco, said: “The wind turbines will make a major contribution to our electricity needs at the DCs, in a clean and quiet manner.”
Two of the wind turbines, transported in sections, now operate at the Newport site, whilst one is now based at each of the two Daventry centres in the midlands.
Other environmental initiatives by Tesco include the zero-carbon stores at Bourne, Lincolnshire and Welshpool, Powys.
“This is just another step in our long-term plan to seek alternative solutions to cut carbon emissions,” Ronay added.
“Each year the turbines will save approximately 3,200 tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere.”
The under-construction Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal will allow Tesco to cut emissions further by using rail transport instead of road but its creation has led to the closing down of the Fenny Lock centre near Milton Keynes at the expense of 764 jobs.