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December 1, 2021

Ørsted signs PPAs with Johnson & Johnson and Google

The three PPAs cover facilities in Ireland, the US and Germany.

By Shalini Nair

Danish energy company Ørsted has signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and one with Google for the supply of carbon-free energy.

Under one of its two PPAs, J&J will acquire power from Ørsted’s 250MW Sparta Solar facility in Texas.

The other agreement entitles the pharmaceutical company to power from the Kilgarvan Wind Farm in County Kerry and Booltiagh Wind Farm I in County Clare, Ireland.

The PPA for the Sparta Solar project includes a contract capacity of 55MW.

This solar project is part of the Helena Energy Centre, a 518MW wind and solar project for which Ørsted took a final investment decision earlier this year.

The PPA for the two Irish wind farms is an eight-year commercial agreement intended to address the power requirements of J&J’s four manufacturing facilities in Ireland.

Ørsted onshore vice-president Melissa Peterson said: “I’m pleased that we’re teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to assist them with their ambitious goals for their global operations, which include sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

“It’s excellent that we’re able to match their power needs in both the US and Irish markets with flexible and custom-built solutions.”

Ørsted’s corporate PPA (CPPA) with Google covers a 12-year period.

Under the agreement, Google will buy 50MW of Ørsted’s planned 900MW Borkum Riffgrund III offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The CPPA is intended to help Google fulfil its commitment to powering all its data centres, campuses and Cloud regions with carbon-free energy by 2030.

Google energy development data centre head Amanda Peterson Corio said: “We are delighted to partner with Ørsted on this project that will help Google achieve its 24/7 carbon-free goal in Germany.

“We share Ørsted’s commitment for a carbon-free future and are optimistic about the important role offshore wind can play in enabling other entities to join the 24/7 carbon-free movement.”

Ørsted aims to become carbon-neutral in its energy generation by 2025 and decarbonise its entire value chain by 2040.

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