PPG to Power MI Facility with Clean Energy


Last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it has reached an agreement that will help power its Adrian, Michigan, manufacturing facility with clean energy by 2024. The 1.5 megawatt, 12-year agreement with Constellation Energy Corporation also reportedly advances the company’s decarbonization efforts.

According to the release, PPG will receive energy and project-specific renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Swift Current Energy’s Double Black Diamond Solar Energy Project. This deal is made possible by a long-term agreement between Constellation and the project developer and long-term owner, Swift Current Energy.

Through the Double Black Diamond solar project, the facility will procure approximately 3,500 megawatt hours of energy per year, which is expected to help PPG reduce its carbon footprint by more than 2,400 metric tons annually. PPG reports this is the equivalent emissions of more than 530 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year, according to EPA greenhouse gas equivalencies.

The facility manufactures adhesives and sealants for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM) with more than 65 employees. Construction of the solar project is anticipated to begin by the end of this year.

“We recognize the pivotal moment we are facing for climate change and how much work there is to be done to reduce our collective carbon impact,” said Diane Kappas, PPG Vice President, Global Sustainability.

“Our collaboration with Constellation and Swift Current Energy will allow us to continue making progress against our near-term decarbonization goals and enable us to operate our Adrian facility in a more energy efficient manner. We look forward to identifying additional renewable energy opportunities globally to meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.”

“Constellation is proud to complete its second offsite renewable agreement with PPG in as many years, and we commend PPG on taking proactive steps to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Jim McHugh, Chief Commercial Officer, Constellation.

“As our customers’ carbon free energy needs evolve, we are committed to providing them with what they need now and into the future. That is why our suite of sustainable power options will soon include an hourly carbon-free solution, to help our customers reach their zero emissions goals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.”

PPG also noted that it has recently announced the startup of a high-efficiency power-generation facility at its Automotive OEM manufacturing site in Quattordio, Italy, with both facilities working towards its commitment to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Texas Plant Agreement

At the end of last year, PPG 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.

PPG estimated 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 was reportedly expected to be completed by Q2 2022.

PPG planned 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.


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