Twenty UK universities including Newcastle University and the University of Exeter will form a club to buy electricity from number of wind farms across Scotland and Wales.

Known as a “power purchase agreement” or PPA, it is the first time that public sector energy users have come together to buy clean electricity, according to The Guardian.

James Rolfe, the chief operating officer at Anglia Ruskin University, which is part of the deal, said the university has joined others in declaring a climate emergency.

“We aim to source all of our electricity from zero carbon sources by 2025, and this power purchase agreement makes a significant contribution towards this goal whilst delivering financial savings and budget stability,” he said.

The universities will be guaranteed clean energy by the windfarm owner, Norwegian energy giant Statkraft.

The PPA was arranged by the not-for-profit buying organisation, The Energy Consortium, and supply platform Squeaky Clean Energy.

The deal allows the universities to purchase renewable power for the next ten years at a fixed price, thus minimising the exposure to market volatility.

James Rolfe, the chief operating officer at Anglia Ruskin University, which is part of the deal, said the university has joined others in declaring a climate emergency. It plans to be climate neutral by 2030.

“To support this commitment we aim to source all of our electricity from zero carbon sources by 2025, and this power purchase agreement makes a significant contribution towards this goal whilst delivering financial savings and budget stability,” he said.

Richard Murphy, the managing director of The Energy Consortium, said the “groundbreaking” deal would help universities reduce their carbon emissions and save money.

In 2008 Mr Murphy helped arrange one of the first major corporate energy deals in Europe supplying supermarket, Sainsbury’s, with renewable energy.