PPG Signs Agreement for Clean Energy
Global coatings company PPG recently announced it has signed an agreement with energy and energy solutions provider Constellation to power its Carrolltown, Texas-based paint manufacturing plant. The company will provide clean, renewable energy from the 200 MW Big Star Solar Project in Bastrop County, Texas.
“At PPG, one of our 2025 sustainability goals is to increase renewable energy to 25% of total electricity usage, exclusive of greenhouse gas reductions,” said Diane Kappas, PPG Vice President, Global Sustainability. “Our collaboration with Constellation will allow us to contribute to that goal, with the intent to expand renewable energy at other PPG locations across the U.S.”
PPG estimates that the facility will receive 4.6 million kilowatt hours of energy per year from Big Star and avoid more than 3,200 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
According to the emailed release, the 10-year agreement was made possible by a separate long-term agreement between Constellation and project developer PRW Renewables under which Constellation will purchase a 140-megawatt portion of the energy generated by Big Star to supply several large commercial customers. The solar project is reportedly expected to be completed by Q2 2022.
“We commend PPG on taking proactive measures to reduce its carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment,” said Mark Huston, President of Constellation’s National Retail Business. “We’re pleased to offer this clean energy solution as a means to enable major commercial customers like PPG to deliver on their sustainability goals.”
PPG plans to use the Constellation Offsite Renewables product, which reportedly increases businesses’ access to renewable energy projects by removing barriers associated with traditional offsite power purchase agreements.