Constellation to produce 108-MW of solar energy to Hewlett Packard and two different corporations
Constellation, an Exelon company, has signed a 108 MW solar contract to help three major commercial customers run clean renewable energy into their operations. Based on significant commitments from Kimberly-Clark, a global personal care company; Hewlett Packard Enterprise, a global leader in next generation supercomputing, storage and networking; and Manheim, a brand of Cox Automotive and a leading provider of remarketing services for vehicles, Constellation has agreed to acquire power and project-specific renewable energy certificates from the Rayos del Sol Solar project currently under development in Cameron County, Texas becomes. 174 Power Global, a leading solar and energy storage company, is building the solar farm, which is expected to operate commercially in 2022.
To make purchasing easier, each of the three customers will use Constellation’s Offsite Renewables (CORe) power product, which enables businesses to develop and improve access to renewable energy by removing the significant hurdles associated with traditional offsite power purchase agreements are. As part of this transaction, Constellation will purchase energy and renewable energy certificates from Rayos del Sol and then sell the electricity and project-specific renewable energy certificates to customers’ retail accounts.
By combining CORe’s simplified contract and aggregation process with the commitment and involvement of sustainability-oriented companies like these, Constellation can provide more customers with access to the economic and sustainable benefits of large external renewable energy projects.
The 10-year customer contracts, starting in 2022, are part of Exelon’s broader commitment to advancing carbon-free energy locally and nationally, addressing climate change and achieving a cleaner energy future.
“Constellation prides itself on simplifying the complex world of energy while delivering clean energy solutions that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint and aggressively achieve their sustainable goals,” said Jim McHugh, CEO of Constellation. “We’re excited to be proactively working with Kimberly-Clark, HPE, and Manheim to build a new renewable energy facility, and we’re pleased that our CORe product will help them meet their respective environmental commitments.”
Overall, the companies’ commitment is expected to help prevent more than 153,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates equates to the removal of approximately 33,000 passenger cars in one year.
“174 Power Global is excited to partner with Constellation to build a highly productive utility-scale solar power system that will deliver clean power to Constellation’s key commercial customers,” said Henry Yun, president and CEO of 174 Power Global, PhD. “We welcome Kimberly-Clark, HPE and Manheim for their commitment to sustainable operations and their choice of solar energy as an alternative energy source.”
Earlier this year, Kimberly-Clark announced ambitious new goals to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations and supply chain for its trusted brands by 2030. The new targets for greenhouse gas emissions were approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and brought into line with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“We know that a healthy environment is just as important to a baby’s development as diapers, and parents want to provide the best products for their baby with the lowest possible environmental impact,” said Rebecca Dunphey, president of North American Personal Care, Kimberly-Clark Business. “With this investment, which will offset the energy consumption at our Paris, Texas facility, we are proud to soon be producing the majority of our Huggies®, Pull-Ups®, GoodNites® and Little Swimmers® products sold in North America with renewable energy Energy.”
“As we grow our business into an edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service company, we continue to focus on environmental sustainability to drive our long-term success,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO of HPE. “HPE is committed to being net zero by 2050, with interim targets to reduce our operational greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 2016 and to source 50% of all electricity used in our operations from renewable energies by 2025.”
Manheim operates the largest wholesale vehicle for vehicles, offering customers services that range from digital and physical auctions to logistics, overhaul and more. Conservation is an important part of Manheim culture, driven by a strong commitment to sustainability that applies to all of the businesses of the family-owned parent company, Cox Enterprises. In 2007, Cox created a national sustainability program called Cox Conserves, which is committed to aggressive goals of not disposing of waste in landfills and becoming climate and water neutral.
“We are determined to build a better future for generations to come, and that starts with being good stewards of the planet,” said Nick Boris, regional vice president of Production West in Manheim. “With this agreement, we will provide four of our locations in Houston and Dallas with 100% renewable solar energy. This will reduce our carbon footprint and drive positive change in our local communities.”
Constellation’s previous CORe product, which supports corporate customers of all sizes, is designed to prevent the emission of more than 500,000 tons of CO2 per year.