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M&Co to Power 300 Stores by Wind

Fashion retailer M&Co is to develop enough wind turbines to power each of its 300 U.K. shops, the Press Association reports.

Mackays Group, which trades as M&Co, has launched a subsidiary company to develop sites of between one and three turbines. The sites will have capacities of between 500kw and 5MW, according to the PA.

The firm has estimated that subsidiary MEG Renewables will need to develop up to 20MW of capacity to power its shops. Once completed, MEG will also manage the wind farms.

According to the PA, M&Co said that, rather than using supply contracts with third-party wind farms, its shops will be buying electricity directly from the MEG sites, the PA reports.

In August, furniture giant IKEA’s U.K. arm purchased a 12.3MW wind farm in Scotland and announced plans to power all of its stores from renewable sources.

The wind farm, in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, north Scotland, consists of seven turbines, each generating 1.75MW. The farm can produce 24,700,000 kwh of electricity per year.

At that time, IKEA also announced plans to to install 39,000 solar panels on the roofs of its stores.

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