After the electricity supply agreements of the French retailer Boulanger, the SNCF and the financial service provider Crédit Mutuel, the solar developer Voltalia has concluded its fourth agreement for an unsubsidized solar power plant in France.
The French developer will supply Auchan Retail with the energy produced in two solar power plants with a total production capacity of 61 MW in the south of the country under a power purchase contract (PPA) of 20 years signed by the head of energy. The contract follows agreements relating to 5 MW of solar energy production capacity with Boulanger, a 150 MW agreement with the railway and a 10 MW agreement with the lender Crédit Mutuel, these three PPAs having a duration 25 years old.
Construction of the two factories, which are expected to generate 97 GWh per year for Auchan, is expected to start next year with commissioning scheduled for 2022.
“Auchan is committed to a proactive approach to reducing its electricity consumption, which has fallen by 18% since 2014, in France,” said Voltalia. “Helexia, a subsidiary of Voltalia, contributed to this strategy through a multi-site energy management contract.”
Sébastien Clerc, CEO of the developer, said: “This partnership is another illustration of our leadership in the production of competitive renewable energy through corporate PPAs on the French market. We are pleased to work with Auchan Retail, building on the cooperation developed with our subsidiary Helexia in the areas of self-production and energy management. ”
The multinational retailer Auchan has also signed agreements with Boralex and Eurowatt to extend the production of two wind farms with 13 wind turbines in Hauts-de-France and in Center-Val de Loire. When these plants cease to receive public incentives, they will continue to produce for the energy consumer until December 2023.
Auchan Retail plans to draw 16% of its electricity from clean energy in 2022, reaching 100% by 2030.