Vodafone announced it has signed its second purchase agreement (PPA) with Centrica as the power supplier and Mytilineos as the generator, to access affordable renewable electricity in the UK for the next ten years.
Vodafone will purchase a significant proportion of the electricity generated by five solar farms located in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Buckinghamshire and Dorset, securing their development and bringing additional power provision to the UK grid. The remainder will be sold through Centrica’s Energy Marketing & Trading business.
These five solar farms have an overall capacity of 232 MW. All projects were developed and are currently under construction by Mytilineos with a commercial operation date expected in stages across 2022 and Q1 2023.
These solar assets will generate 216 gigawatt hours of electricity, and displace more than 53,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions each year, which is the equivalent of taking around 31,400 cars off the road, supporting UK’s commitments on clean energy, aiding also the country’s energy independence and security.
The news follows an announcement from Vodafone UK last year of the first PPA signed also with Centrica and Mytilineos to purchase a significant proportion of power from three new UK solar farms located in Lincolnshire, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire and developed by Mytilineos with an overall capacity of 110 MW. The first of these is now fully operational, with the others to follow in the coming months. These three solar assets will supply more than 109 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity, displacing more than 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, the equivalent of taking approximately 14,800 cars off the road.
Combined with two onshore wind farms, in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, Vodafone has secured access to renewable power from 10 sites across the UK, and with this new solar PPA around 44% of Vodafone annual energy requirement in the UK will come from UK-based renewable power sources by 2025.
Source: Press release by Vodafone and Mytilineos.