Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - December 13, 2022
Holcim US to Increase Wind and Solar Energy Use
Holcim US, a green building materials company, entered into its first VPPA linked to renewable energy generation.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) VPPA will result in at least 38% of the company’s total power consumption at all of its production facilities in Texas coming from wind generation. Holcim US finalized the agreement with ERCOT, a VPPA from which 92,000 Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) will be generated annually. The renewable energy is generated from a wind farm in Coke County, Texas and the generation from this contract is equivalent to reducing 143,739,000 lbs of CO2 annually.
"Holcim US is driving forward momentum to meet our Green Growth Strategy goals by incorporating new technologies and processes at every level," said Atl Martinez, Vice President, Procurement, Holcim North America, in a statement. "We're increasing the energy efficiency of our operations to use less energy while accomplishing more. From our largest cement plants to our aggregate sites, terminal sites and offices, we're looking at our full environmental impact and optimizing in every area we can."
From its wind and solar contracts, Holcim US is set to avoid an estimated 5,000,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions through the terms of the contracts. Holcim US generates on-site renewable energy in Paulding, Ohio with three wind turbines generating up to 4.5 MW of power and in Hagerstown, Maryland with a 10 MW solar array, which reduces CO2 emissions by 28,000,000lbs of C02 annually. In addition, a total of 68 MW of solar arrays are under contract in Colorado, Michigan and Arkansas, along with a 40 MW battery storage system in Colorado.