Vodafone has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to procure solar energy in Europe.
Iberdrola will supply Vodafone with 410 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy per year in Germany, Portugal, and Spain.
The agreement includes 100 percent of the output from the 56MWp Boldekow PV Plant, Iberdrola’s first solar project in Germany. Located in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it will be fully operational by 2024.
In Spain, Vodafone Portugal will take power from the newly built Velilla solar PV plant located in Palencia. Vodafone Spain will take 280GWh per year from the newly constructed Cedillo PV plant located in Cáceres.
“Iberdrola and Vodafone are both committed to connecting customers and communities to a cleaner and smarter future. As a global developer of clean energy, we have the projects around the world that allow us to support multinational companies like Vodafone who are committed to sustainability right across their business operations," Aitor Moso, global clients director of Iberdrola. "Agreements with progressive businesses like Vodafone are increasingly important in allowing new renewables projects to be built, and we now look forward to accelerating the delivery of these solar PV plants.”
Joakim Reiter, Vodafone Group chief external & corporate affairs officer, added: “These agreements across Europe underline Vodafone’s commitment to ensure our customers will continue to benefit from electricity purchased 100 percent from renewable sources. They also provide Vodafone with improved energy security and long-term price certainty as we work towards achieving net-zero in our operations by 2030.”
Reiter continued: “Today’s announcement is a great example of how telecoms operators like Vodafone can help accelerate this essential transition of countries’ energy mix by becoming anchor tenants for new renewable power deployments.”
The two companies said they would also discuss the possibility of additional PPAs to help with Vodafone’s climate plans in Europe, as well as considering “a range of other sustainability projects” to decarbonize its operations.