GIG announced an agreement with Tesco to own and operate solar PV systems at a number of the food retailer’s sites across the UK. This is part of a major new installation programme commissioned by Tesco to increase its onsite renewable generation. The first installations have now been completed and GIG’s participation in the program is expected to encompass sites across the UK.
With these installations of onsite solar PV systems, Tesco has begun to realise its ambition to generate 10 per cent of its energy needs onsite by 2030. The move is part of the retailer’s commitment to use 100 per cent renewable electricity across the Tesco Group by 2030. GIG will install, own, operate and maintain the solar PV systems installed on the retail sites – with Tesco paying an agreed price for the electricity that the systems generate. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), such as these, allow firms to avoid upfront capital and maintenance costs, whilst saving on their energy bills.