A new Tesco store in Norfolk, due to open by December, is set to become a testbed for a range of environmentally friendly and cost saving features.
Though not included in the original application, several small wind turbines will be installed on the roof of the Diss store if an amendment to the plans is approved by the district council. The town council has already expressed its support.
Similar to turbines commonly used on boats, the five devices should reduce the store’s requirement for electricity from the National Grid with minimal noise or visual impact. “The primary aim is to trial the roof turbines at Diss for their environmental benefits,” said a spokesman for consultants Development Planning Partnership. “They will be supplemented by skylights to maximise natural light and perhaps solar panels as well.”
Increases in power costs and pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have led many businesses to increase their use of renewable energy sources.