ScottishPower Renewables announced on 30 October that it has started work on two subsidy-free wind farms in Scotland to provide power for Amazon and Tesco via power purchase agreements (PPAs).
The agreement with Amazon will see a 50MW wind farm be built on the Kintyre Peninsula. The agreement with Tesco will see a 30MW wind farm be built in Halsary, Caithness and will help the retailer meet its pledge to use 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Up to one hundred new jobs will be created in each of the sites over the lifetime of the projects with around £400,000 of community benefit expected to be generated per annum between the two sites.
Lindsay McQuade, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “As the world progresses towards net zero, collaboration between power suppliers and global companies like Amazon and Tesco is vital to deliver change on the scale required. Onshore wind is the cheapest way of generating electricity, and PPAs provide an important route to market for this green technology. We’re seeing an increasing number of progressive companies entering into PPAs to bring forward investment in green energy to support their operations, and look forward to working with Amazon and Tesco to deliver these landmark projects.”