BP has begun construction of a 107MW solar project in Ohio, US. The oil and gas major’s 50:50 joint-venture partner Lightsource BP developed the Arche Solar project on behalf of BP and is managing construction. McCarthy Building Companies’ renewable energy and storage team was selected as the main contractor for the project, which will include installation of ultra-low carbon solar panels and smart solar trackers from US-based manufacturers First Solar and Nextracker, respectively. The project is part of BP’s plans to develop 20GW of net renewable generating capacity by 2025 and 50GW by 2030.
The Arche Solar project in Fulton County is expected to create around 200 US jobs across the supply chain during construction and provide more than $30m in revenue to benefit local schools and other public services over the life of the project. BP has secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Meta for the project. BP America chairman and president Dave Lawler said: “This agreement shows how companies can create jobs, invest in the US economy, and at the same time support net zero ambitions and help the world reduce carbon emissions. “It’s another example of bp partnering to accelerate change and becoming an integrated energy company – one that can help corporations, countries and cities decarbonise.”
Credits: renews.biz [Image: BP]