French telecommunications operator Orange has signed a corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with Total.

The company will purchase 100GWh of renewably-generated energy every year over 20 years via Total Quadran.

The agreement will enable the development of 12 solar plants across metropolitan France by 2024. These will have a cumulative capacity of 80MW.

Orange France CEO and Orange deputy CEO Fabienne Dulac said: “Orange has made the reduction of its environmental footprint a major strategic focus with the ambition to reach net-zero carbon by 2040, at group level.

“By signing this contract with Total, Orange is acting in line with its objectives, which is to reduce its direct CO₂ emissions by 30% compared with 2015 and to integrate 50% renewable energies into its electricity mix by 2025.

“We are proud to sign a third PPA with a French company and with a player of the scale of Total, which is voluntarily committed to the development of new means of production of renewable energy in the region.”

A Total spokesperson said the companies’ agreement will support the energy transition in France and promote economic development.

Total gas, renewables and power president Stéphane Michel said: “By signing one of the largest corporate PPAs in France to date with Orange, Total is asserting itself as a strategic supplier of renewable electricity.

“We want to support large industrial consumers in their energy transition towards carbon neutrality. Our ambition is therefore to develop renewable electricity purchase contracts with corporate customers through projects from our development portfolio in France.”