Holcim US said it is on a quest to enter Purchase Power Agreements (PPAs) to introduce renewable energy solutions, as they continue to play a key role in industrial sectors’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Holcim US announced its foray into renewable energy generation in New York. Participating in the New York Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program helps the industry leader advance its ongoing investment in on-site renewable energy generation, supports contributions to a circular economy by repurposing land and upholds its commitment to sustainability.
“Holcim US is focused on driving significant progress to meet our Green Growth Strategy goals, so we consistently evaluate our environmental impact and opportunities to incorporate more sustainable solutions into our operations,” said Atl Martinez, vice president of procurement, Holcim North America. “Through the New York VDER program, we support not only our ongoing investment in on-site generation but also community solar projects that help drive greener outcomes for all.”
The company will host three separate solar arrays on Holcim’s non-mineable aggregate sites. These sites, operating in conjunction with various other offsite arrays within the Holcim VDER agreement, are expected to generate more than 80GWh of green energy annually. Energy generated from these sites will effectively power seven aggregate and cement sites through renewable energy credits.
This latest renewable energy effort is only part of Holcim’s work toward the transition to net zero. Holcim is a strategic clean energy hydrogen partner in the Northeast Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub program.
The company has also expanded its renewable portfolio to include a 40 MW battery storage system and 78 MW of solar arrays in Ohio, Maryland and Arkansas. In late 2022, Holcim entered into its first virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
The company continues to put sustainability first, from offering low-carbon cement and concretes to incorporating electrification of company vehicles and trucks to innovative carbon capture research.