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EDF and Waitrose plan biomass store

EDF Energy and Waitrose have announced plans to create the first supermarket in the UK fully powered by biomass fuel.

Isle of Wight Council has received planning permission for an 1,800m2 store that will use a wood-chip power plant. It should be up and running in the summer of next year.

Waitrose East Cowes branch manager Richard Tudor Thomas said: “The store looks amazing, and now that we have permission for the energy centre, I look forward to East Cowes being the most sustainable supermarket store in the UK.

“Excess energy created will power new developments adjacent to the store.”

EDF Energy already powers all 225 Waitrose stores in the UK and source their electricity for the outlets from green energy, but the company is looking increasingly at on-site renewables.

The food outlet is the first Waitrose on the Isle of Wight and is part of a £250M scheme to regenerate the town.

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