Commercial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - November 16, 2023
WestRock Signs Two VPPAs
WestRock, a sustainable fiber-based paper and packaging solutions company, announced it entered into two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs).
The agreements were made with ENGIE North America (ENGIE), a subsidiary of ENGIE S.A. and support two of its solar projects – Bernard Creek located in Wharton County, Texas and Chillingham Solar located in Bell County, Texas for an aggregate of 282 megawatts (MW).
The new projects comprise one element of WestRock’s strategy to pursue a science-based target (SBT) to reduce Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions by 27.5% by 2030.
Schneider Electric provided advisory services and strategy management for the WestRock and ENGIE agreements.
“We are pleased to play a role in the development of clean energy from large-scale solar projects and to join forces with ENGIE and Schneider Electric to add more renewable energy to the grid,” said David B. Sewell, chief executive officer at WestRock, in a statement.
WestRock will contract 207 MW from Bernard Creek, a 230 MW solar project that is located southwest of Houston and is expected to have an annual output of approximately 500,000 MWh. The project is slated for completion during the first half of 2024.
Additionally, WestRock will contract 75 MW from ENGIE’s 350 MW Chillingham Solar project. WestRock’s share of Chillingham is expected to be approximately 200,000 MWh per year.