Waitrose in partnership with energy services company, MITIE, has launched a new energy centre on the Isle of Wight. The supermarket in East Cowes is the first in the UK to obtain the vast majority of its heating, cooling and power from an independent energy source (sustainably sourced local woodchip).
Renewable and low carbon technologies installed in the store will reduce its carbon footprint by over 750 tonnes each year – equivalent to 1500 transatlantic flights. It will also generate £150,000 per annum for the local economy in the form of new jobs and through the purchase of the wood chip; around 175 tonnes will be delivered to the energy centre every month, sourced from Firestone Copse on the island. There will even be capacity in the future for the energy centre to heat local homes and community facilities.
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