Deal with multinational retailer draws EDF closer to Cap 2030 goals


EDF Renewables has signed three deals with Tesco for the provision of clean energy generated from solar and wind.

EDF will supply Tesco with up to 60MW of renewable energy to be generated from 17 rooftop solar sites and two Scottish onshore wind farms.

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The three deals include a 20-year and two 15-year corporate power purchase agreements.

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As part of the 20-year deal, EDF Renewables will install 15,000 solar panels on 17 stores owned or operated by Tesco across England. The solar systems are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Two 15-year deals include:

EDF constructing the Burnfoot East wind farm project. The project will have three turbines with a total installed capacity of 10.8MW. The project is expected to be completed mid-2020.

The construction of a 43MW wind farm in Scotland.

CEO of EDF Renewables UK, Matthieu Hue said, “We are very pleased to be working with Tesco which is already one of EDF’s biggest customers in the UK. These projects show the ability of EDF to provide diverse solutions for customers in terms of low-cost renewable electricity. 

“These exciting projects also demonstrate our ability to develop subsidy-free solar and wind in the UK as well as underpinning the important part these technologies play in de-carbonising the UK electricity system to reach the country’s net-zero targets by 2050.”

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Corporates working with EDF include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Yahoo, Nivea, Danone, Coca Cola, Nestlé and Wahaha.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said: “Our supply chain and long-term business sustainability depend on the health of the natural environment. Our customers and colleagues expect Tesco to play its part in caring for the planet.  This project represents a major milestone in our journey to using 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030.”

To date, EDF has 36 wind farms and battery storage unit (almost 1 GW) in the UK, and more than 1 GW of renewables projects in planning and development.