Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - October 27, 2022
Saint-Gobain Signs PPA for 145 Sites
Saint-Gobain signed a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with TotalEnergies to purchase solar power for its 145 industrial sites in North America (U.S. Canada).
“With this agreement, Saint-Gobain North America will dramatically reduce its CO2 emissions while sending a strong signal to the market that the manufacturing industry is ready to commit to green electricity,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America, in a statement. “This renewable energy project is critical to meeting Saint-Gobain’s commitment to reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 33% by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.”
This 200 MW PPA is expected to offset Saint-Gobain’s North American CO2 emissions from electricity (Scope 2 emissions) by 210,000 Metric Tons per year, a reduction of around 33%. The agreement is expected to start at the end of 2024.
This is the second PPA signed in North America by Saint-Gobain, following one for a wind project in Blooming Grove, Illinois. The two projects combined are expected to represent a 62% reduction in Saint-Gobain North America’s Scope 2 emissions.
The signing of this PPA follows several other recent actions taken by Saint-Gobain to solidify its commitment to sustainability. In October, the company started operations at its new electrical powerhouse on its flagship campus in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is projected to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50%.
Also in October, Saint-Gobain North America at its CertainTeed Gypsum location in Buchanan, New York, in collaboration with three New York partner companies, launched a circular economy initiative, reclaiming waste gypsum wallboard to reuse as feedstock in its production.