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The Quarterly Renewable Energy Newsletter


February 2001

PV and Wind power at Sainsbury's

PV and wind power deployed at Sainsbury's Greenwich supermarket


Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is switching to green electricity at its distribution depot in East Kilbride, Scotland. A 600kW wind turbine, which Next Generation is installing there, is being built without subsidy; the power it produces will be sold without a premium. The turbine will generate 25-40% of the energy required by the depot, which is located at a windy industrial site. Sainsbury's is the first customer to respond to Next Generation's Merchant Wind Power initiative. This involves Next Generation building and operating wind turbines for customers who buy the power produced.

At Sainsbury's low-energy supermarket in Greenwich, London, meanwhile, PV and wind power are generating electricity for the store's neon sign. Overall, this store is designed to use up to 50% less energy than a conventional supermarket.

Finally, Energy for Sustainable Development and Forum for the Future plan to carry out a feasibility study to assess how Sainsbury's can derive 10% of its total energy from renewables. The study will consider renewable electricity tariffs, on-site renewables generation potential, bilateral supply contracts with off-site renewables generators and direct purchase of green electricity certificates.

For more information, contact: Julie Shrimpton,
J Sainsbury plc, Tel: 020 7695 8447, Fax: 020 7695 7610, Web:

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