Tesco has installed four giant wind turbines to power three of its grocery distribution centres in Daventry and Newport.
The 90-metre high, 800kW turbines will each produce the equivalent amount of energy required to power 500 domestic homes.
Two wind turbines were transported in sections to Tesco’s distribution centre at Magor, near Newport in Wales and one each at two adjacent distribution centres near Daventry in the Midlands. The three distribution centres supply Tesco goods throughout the UK.
Jake Ronay, renewables programme manager at Tesco, said: “The wind turbines will make a major contribution to our electricity needs at the distribution centres, in a clean and quiet manner… Each year the turbines will save approximately 3,200 tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere and help us achieve our goal of becoming a zero-carbon business by 2050.”
* The supermarket has committed to rail freight at its 800,000 sq ft site at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal which is currently under construction. Tesco’s DIRFT facility will handle 8 trains every day, taking almost 100,000 lorry journeys off the roads each year.
One of the turbines.