EDF Renewables has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Braskem, to supply power from its new 33MW wind project.
The construction of the facility is to be started in 2019. With this agreement, Braskem becomes the first company in Brazil to swell the ranks of large corporations around the world -like Google, Microsoft, Kimberly-Clark, Salesforce, Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Yahoo- that have placed their trust in EDF Renewables to provide them renewable energy and thus, to support them with their energy transition.
The 33MW in capacity is added to the 972MW in operation or under development in Brazil, a country in which EDF Renewables is now one of the major players. These new capacities brings EDF one step further to meeting its CAP 2030 goal of doubling its worldwide renewable energy capacity to over 50GW between 2015 and 2030.
Located 350km north-west of Salvador in the State of Bahia, the 33MW project is an extension of the Folha Larga 1 wind farm (initial capacity of 114 MW) which was awarded in this April federal energy auction.
The increase in the project’s total capacity to 147MW will generate economies of scale in the project’s construction and operation.
Braskem will purchase the electricity generated by the Folha Larga 1 extension under a 20-year PPA once commissioned in 2021.
With its portfolio of around 1GW in wind and solar energy projects in service or under construction in Brazil, EDF Renewables ranks among the leaders in the sector.
EDF Renewables chief operating officer Bruno Fyot said: “EDF Renewables has become a key player for large corporations looking to embark the fight against climate change. Our track record of success over the past ten years in France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and China demonstrates the competitiveness of our solutions.
“With 1GW in wind and solar energy projects in Brazil, we are delighted to have sealed today, our first local long-term Power Purchase Agreement with Braskem, one of the country’s largest energy consumers. The free market represents a genuine opportunity for businesses in Brazil, and we hope to settle more contracts there shortly.”
Source: Company Press Release