California company buys electrical power from Texas wind farm


Some of the power produced by a southwest Texas wind project is being purchased by a California solar cell manufacturer.

Applied Materials Inc., a company with 21,000 employees and headquartered in Santa Clara, California announced it is buying electricity from Apex Clean Energy’s 500-MW White Mesa wind project according to a report by Renewables Now.

The US company said this week it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 10% of the wind farm’s entire output, or as much electricity as will be needed to meet the consumption of more than 13,000 homes.

The off-take deal was signed as part of Applied Materials’ commitment to source 100% of its power demand from renewable energy by 2030. “Our PPA is an important step in helping Applied Materials reach our reduced carbon footprint targets as it will enable us to achieve 100 percent renewable energy sourcing in the US and 73% worldwide by 2022,” said Scott Hambleton, managing director of Environmental, Health and Safety at Applied Materials.

The power purchase contract was facilitated by 3Degrees.

The White Mesa wind farm in Crockett County is expected to be up and running in 2021.

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), eBay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC and Sprint (NYSE:S) last year entered into an aggregation agreement that calls for them to buy 75 MW of power from the complex.

Source: Renewables Now

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