Nationwide Grid Renewables, a division of UK utility Nationwide Grid, has signed a 140MW energy buy settlement (PPA) with chocolate makers The Hershey Firm within the second such deal between the 2 firms.
The PPA will see The Hershey Firm obtain energy from Nationwide Grid Renewables’ Copperhead Photo voltaic & Storage Undertaking, which broke floor yesterday. Copperhead is a 150MW/100MWh photo voltaic and storage challenge in Falls County, Texas.
It’s the second PPA between the 2 firms, with The Hershey Firm contracting a 50MW PPA with Nationwide Grid Renewables for its 275MW/125MWh solar-plus-storage Noble Undertaking in April 2021.
Copperhead will deploy First Photo voltaic’s Sequence 6 thin-film photo voltaic modules and a 100MWh battery vitality storage system (BESS) by Fluence Vitality. It’s being constructed by engineering, procurement and building (EPC) firm TIC, a subsidiary of Kiewit.
In June, Nationwide Grid Renewables and First Photo voltaic signed a framework settlement that can see the thin-film producer provide Nationwide Grid Renewables with 2GW of its thin-film cadmium telluride modules, though these have been scheduled to be delivered in 2024 and 2025. First Photo voltaic has provided modules to the developer up to now.
“With Copperhead, our dedication to the state of Texas and the ERCOT market stays sturdy, and we stay up for bringing this challenge to industrial operation to profit native and statewide residents,” mentioned Blake Nixon, president of Nationwide Grid Renewables.
The Hershey Firm mentioned the PPA will assist to realize its decarbonisation targets, with the corporate committing to scale back Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by greater than 50% and Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030.
“We’re making nice progress towards reaching these objectives due to tasks like Copperhead,” mentioned Mark Kline, director of Commodities and Specialty Procurement at The Hershey Firm.