SOLAR+STORAGE, STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES
Ardagh Group | October 07, 2022
Ardagh Group S.A., (inclusive of Ardagh Metal Packaging and Ardagh Glass Packaging) and its renewable energy partners Eneco and Zoncoalitie are delighted to announce the start of construction for three on-site solar projects in the Netherlands.
The solar installations will supply renewable on-site generated electricity to Ardagh's Dongen, Moerdijk and Oss facilities and are part of Ardagh's strategy to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030.
The Netherlands is the first country where Ardagh will supply all of its production facilities with on-site generated sustainable energy via large-scale solar energy installations, with plans to further roll out the technology with local energy partners across all regions.
"It's an exciting time for Ardagh's renewable energy programme. These state-of-the-art solar installations will supply renewable electricity to all of our metal and glass facilities across the Netherlands, which will make a significant impact in reducing our carbon footprint."
-Adam Koehler, Global Renewable Energy Programme Manager at Ardagh Group
Ardagh used independent solar energy specialist Zoncoalitie to conduct an extensive technical commercial and feasibility assessment, plus a tender and award process, selecting Eneco to deliver the Netherlands installations.
Ardagh is delighted to partner with Eneco, a leading energy company with its own plan to become climate neutral by 2035 in its own activities and the energy it supplies to customers. Approximately 24,700 panels will be installed across the three locations and will soon be able to generate approximately 12,677 MWh of renewable electricity each year.
In 2020, Ardagh launched its Renewable Energy Programme to implement its strategy and oversee its renewable electricity activities. The company's strategy is built on a combination of on-site, near-site and off-site renewable electricity projects. In Europe, five on-site solar projects (in the Netherlands, Irvine, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland) will replace 15,000 MWh of electricity consumption from the grid, while avoiding the release of 6,050 tons of carbon emissions per year. This represents 1% of Ardagh's total electricity consumption in this region.
About Ardagh Group
Ardagh Group is a global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging for brand owners around the world. Ardagh operates 65 metal and glass production facilities in 16 countries, employing more than 20,000 people with sales of approximately $10bn.
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES, ENERGY
SPAN | September 30, 2022
SPAN, the leading innovator in smart home electrical panels, and Suntuity Renewables, a national residential solar, storage, electrification and renewable energy integrator, today announced a new partnership to include SPAN Panels with Suntuity solar panel systems to residential customers, through Suntuity’s national Dealer Network.As SPAN’s first Master Dealer, Suntuity's dealers and affiliates will immediately include SPAN Panel and SPAN Drive electric vehicle chargers with solar and solar plus battery systems offered to Suntuity’s customers. Adding a SPAN Smart Panel to a home solar system provides an unprecedented level of visibility and control over the home’s energy system. SPAN Panel provides homeowners with insights into their solar production in real-time, customizable circuit-level control and monitoring of every circuit in their home, and 40 percent longer battery backup power during an outage, on average. With the newly signed Inflation Reduction Act, rebates and incentives are available to lower the total cost of SPAN solutions for homeowners looking to electrify.
Additionally, SPAN and Suntuity will expand Suntuity University to train and upskill electricians to install SPAN solutions and the latest solar and renewable technologies. Funds provided by the HOPE for HOMES provision within the Inflation Reduction Act funding will support Suntuity University’s aim to address a core impediment to electrification and close the gap in the availability of green economy workers.
As SPAN ramps up production of SPAN Panels and adds new features and functionality, we are excited to partner with Suntuity, a SPAN Master Dealer, to make SPAN Panels available to more homeowners who want to generate their own clean energy, electrify their homes, or simply improve their quality of life,” said SPAN CEO Arch Rao. “We applaud Dan and the Suntuity team for their dedication to upskill technicians in our industry. As more customers transition to renewable energy systems and electrify their homes with more efficient electric appliances, the growth in available technician talent will be critical to our collective success towards a cleaner future.
“As a growing global solar and renewable energy developer, financier, engineering, procurement and construction provider, Suntuity is excited to partner with SPAN to ensure we're offering our solar customers and dealer partners the best products on the market by including SPAN’s groundbreaking home electrification technology with our own high-quality solar and battery systems. We expect the U.S. residential solar market to accelerate, thanks to new consumer incentives provided by the Inflation Reduction Act that reduce the cost of going solar, and we aim to provide best-in-class home electrification products and services to millions of American homeowners,”
-Suntuity Group President and CEO Dan Javan.
SPAN reinvented the 100-year-old electrical panel and is developing products that enable electrification and simplify the adoption of clean energy including solar, batteries, and electric vehicles. SPAN Panel gives customers circuit-level management, real-time monitoring, and actionable energy insights through the SPAN Home app’s intuitive interface. Designed with hardware innovation and purpose-built with intelligent software, SPAN Panel and SPAN Drive electric vehicle charger are an efficient and integrated solution for any home. Backed by leading investors in the clean energy space, SPAN aims to decarbonize by building products that remove barriers to electrification while providing a holistic approach to managing increasing demands on household energy. To learn more, visit www.span.io.
About Suntuity Group
The Suntuity Group is an American multinational company that consists of several national brands that encompass renewable energy, finance, water filtration and home services. Founded in 2008, the company has operations in several US states and countries and services thousands of customers across its service footprint. Discover how to become a channel partner with Suntuity Renewables and join forces with one of the fastest growing renewable energy leaders in the nation. For further information, please visit www.suntuitygroup.com
About Suntuity Solar
Suntuity Solar is a top solar and storage provider in the U.S. With thousands of customers and hundreds of dealers, the company delivers best in class solar PV and storage solutions in a fully financed package. For more information, please visit www.suntuityrenewables.com
About Suntuity Electric
Suntuity Electric is a licensed electrical contractor across several U.S. states and provides electrical installation and home electrification services to an ever-expanding residential and commercial customer base. For more information, please visit www.suntuityrenewables.com
About Suntuity Home
Suntuity Home is a licensed home builder and delivers state of the art home electrification and consumer technologies in several U.S. states. Its product offerings include home automation, roofing, water filtration and award-winning Net Zero home construction. For more information, please visit www.suntuityhome.com
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES, ENERGY
Saint-Gobain and TotalEnergies | October 27, 2022
Saint-Gobain has signed a 10-year renewable electricity supply agreement (Power Purchase Agreement or PPA) with TotalEnergies for the purchase of solar power for its 145 industrial sites in North America (United States and Canada).Commenting on this agreement, Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America, said: “With this agreement, Saint-Gobain North America will dramatically reduce its CO2 emissions while sending a strong signal to the market that the manufacturing industry is ready to commit to green electricity. This renewable energy project is critical to meeting Saint-Gobain’s commitment to reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 33% by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.”
“We are excited to support Saint-Gobain and be a part of making their sustainable goals in North America a reality, and we look forward to continuing this mutual effort to decarbonize their energy supplies,Our ambition in the U.S. is to become a key partner for corporate players committed to achieving carbon neutrality by offering them innovative and cost-effective renewable solutions to decarbonize their electricity consumption.”
-Marc-Antoine Pignon, Managing Director, TotalEnergies Renewables USA
This 200 MW PPA is expected to offset Saint-Gobain’s North American CO2 emissions from electricity (scope 2 emissions) by 210,000 Metric Tons per year, a reduction of around 33%. The agreement is expected to start at the end of 2024.
This is the second PPA signed in North America by Saint-Gobain, the first one being a wind project in Blooming Grove, Illinois (United States). The two projects combined are expected to represent a 62% reduction in Saint-Gobain North America’s scope 2 emissions.
The signing of this Power Purchase Agreement follows several other recent actions taken by Saint-Gobain to solidify its commitment towards sustainability:
In October, the company started up operations at its new electrical powerhouse on its flagship campus in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is projected to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50%.
Also in October, Saint-Gobain North America at its CertainTeed Gypsum location in Buchanan, New York, in collaboration with three New York partner companies, launched a circular economy initiative, reclaiming waste gypsum wallboard to reuse as feedstock in its production.
In September, the company announced it will save two million gallons of water per year at its CertainTeed Social Circle, Georgia siding plant after installing a smart water meter system and upgrading manufacturing equipment.
In August, the company announced its intent to install equipment at its Palatka, Florida gypsum plant that will increase the recycled content in its wallboard products by 18,000 tons/year while also reducing the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2,260 tons/year.
In July, Saint-Gobain announced the upgrade of key equipment at its Buchanan, New York gypsum plant, saving nearly 700,000 kWh of electricity per year and also reducing the plant’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In June, Saint-Gobain announced a $91 Million CAD investment in its gypsum plant in Montreal, creating the first zero-carbon manufacturing site for wallboard in North America and increasing the plant’s production capacity by 40%.
In May, Saint-Gobain announced its newly installed recycling technology at its gypsum wallboard plant in Nashville, Arkansas would save 65,000 tons of material per year from landfill.
In April, Saint-Gobain entered into a recycling partnership at its SageGlass electrochromic glass production site in Faribault, Minnesota, saving 1,000 tons of material per year from landfill over the next five years.
In March, Saint-Gobain North America announced it would install heat recovery technology at its CertainTeed gypsum manufacturing site in Vancouver, British Columbia, which will reduce the plant’s carbon dioxide emissions by 10% and improve its energy efficiency.
Also in March, Saint-Gobain announced that through its virtual Power Purchase Agreement with the Blooming Grove Wind Farm in McLean County, Illinois, and additional renewables contracting, the company received renewable energy certificates that effectively reduced approximately 33% of its CO2 emissions from electricity usage in 2021 in the United States and Canada.
In February, the company invested $32 Million to upgrade equipment at its CertainTeed insulation plant in Chowchilla, California, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint by more than 4,000 metric tons per year.
In January, Saint-Gobain North America donated a zero energy-ready house in Canton, Ohio, made with more than 20 of its own products, to Habitat for Humanity.
Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME.
ABOUT TOTAL ENERGIES
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.