Under the agreement, electricity will be purchased from independent generation projects, including a wind turbine at family-run Dewlay Cheesemakers in Lancashire; the Rainbarrow Farm anaerobic digestion project in Dorset and the Udny Community Turbine in Aberdeenshire.

The John Lewis Partnership has signed the new energy supply deal with SmartestEnergy which buys electricity from hundreds of independent generation projects.

According to the two firms, the agreement will provide a major boost to renewable generation projects owned by communities, farmers and small businesses across the UK.

John Lewis Partnership’s director of property services Nigel Keen said: “As a responsible retailer, the Partnership aims to source sustainably across its supply chains and this agreement provides us with full transparency over where our energy is coming from.

“Working with SmartestEnergy means we can support independent renewable generators and contribute to progress towards the UK’s target for 15% of energy demand to be met from renewable sources by 2020,” he added.

SmartestEnergy’s CEO Robert Groves said: “This agreement is good news for the growing number of independent renewable generators in the UK as continued expansion in demand for green energy ensures they have a route to market for their power.”

Leigh Stringer

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