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.
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES,TRANSPORTATION
EVgo Inc. | November 25, 2022
EVgo Inc. (NASDAQ: EVGO), one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs), announced the opening of a new EVgo public fast charging station at Marina Square Shopping Center in San Leandro, California. Located at 1201 Marina Boulevard, the charging station serves up to four vehicles simultaneously through 100kW and 350kW chargers. The new EVgo charging station was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, November 21 at 2 p.m. PT and featured a lineup of local speakers from the private and public sectors coming together to celebrate the expansion of fast charging access in the area.
With more than 850 public fast charging locations, the EVgo network provides DC fast charging for all fast-charge capable EV models on the market. This new Marina Square Shopping Center station is one of two EVgo charging locations that received the Northern California Charging Access for Reliable On-Demand Transportation Services (CARTs) grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program. CARTS grants are designed to provide funding for projects that support EV charging infrastructure for on-demand transportation services including those such as ride-hailing, taxis, and more.
“EVgo is committed to Electric For All, and the availability of public fast charging is key to making that a reality for all EV drivers, but especially rideshare drivers,EVgo appreciates the support of the California Energy Commission to electrify this critical segment of the market, and this program will help EVgo drivers—including those on the Uber platform—to power up and get back on the road.”
-Jonathan Levy, Chief Commercial Officer at EVgo.
Situated near Oakland International Airport and I-880, the new charging station will enhance access to public EV fast charging infrastructure for the local community in a high-mobility demand zone, reducing local pollution. I-880 is a major connecting route and one of the most congested highways in the Bay area.1 The station is capable of charging vehicles up to 80% in 15-45 minutes, enabling high utilization drivers to quickly charge in between rides, while shopping at one of the retailers in the center or on the go.* Drivers with Uber Pro Gold, Platinum and Diamond status can save up to 45% on session costs over EVgo’s standard Pay As You Go rates.**
The ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened the Marina Square Shopping Center EVgo station featured a lineup of local speakers, including Patty Monahan, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Pauline Cutter, Mayor of San Leandro; Adam Gromis, Public Policy Manager, Sustainability & Environmental Impact at Uber; and Sara Rafalson, Vice President, Market Development and Public Policy at EVgo.
EVgo (Nasdaq: EVGO) is a leader in charging solutions, building and operating the infrastructure and tools needed to expedite the mass adoption of electric vehicles for individual drivers, rideshare and commercial fleets, and businesses. Since its founding in 2010, EVgo has led the way to a cleaner transportation future and its network has been powered by 100% renewable energy since 2019 through renewable energy certificates. As one of the nation’s largest public fast charging networks, EVgo’s owned and operated charging network features over 850 fast charging locations – currently serving over 60 metropolitan areas across more than 30 states – and continues to add more DC fast charging locations through EVgo eXtend™, its white label service offering. EVgo is accelerating transportation electrification through partnerships with automakers, fleet and rideshare operators, retail hosts such as grocery stores, shopping centers, and gas stations, policy leaders, and other organizations. With a rapidly growing network, robust software products and unique service offerings for drivers and partners including EVgo Optima™, EVgo Inside™, EVgo Rewards™, and Autocharge+, EVgo enables world-class charging experience where drivers live, work, travel and play.
STRATEGY AND BEST PRACTICES,ENERGY
Enphase Energy, Inc | December 01, 2022
Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, announced the launch of IQ8™ Microinverters in France and the Netherlands, marking the first expansion into international markets for the product since its successful launch in North America late last year.
IQ8 Microinverters are the smartest, most powerful microinverters yet for Enphase, with a 97.2 percent efficiency score based on European Union efficiency standards. IQ8 Microinverters are designed to match the latest generation of high output solar modules, delivering superior reliability, safety, and quality for residential solar systems. The IQ8 family of products offered in France and the Netherlands includes two types of software-defined microinverters, IQ8M™and IQ8+™, which feature a peak output AC power of 330VA and 300VA, respectively. The microinverters are designed to seamlessly pair with a full range of solar modules up to 480W DC and come with a 25-year limited warranty.
“We’re proud to have been selected by Enphase to install its first IQ8 Microinverters tested in France at our customers' homes, We choose this microinverter technology for our customers as they are interested in self-consumption, and it offers reliability and scalability, even for the most complex rooftop designs.”
-Giovanni Genco, director of operations at Libow, an Enphase Platinum level installer in France.
We’ve witnessed an impressive uptick in customer interest for Enphase’s industry leading products in the Netherlands, said Twan Geurts van Kessel, founder and co-owner of Solar Concept, an Enphase Gold level installer in the Netherlands. “IQ8 Microinverters will help us meet this demand as homeowners seek ways to power their homes with clean, affordable solar energy.
Enphase® microinverter systems integrate with the IQ™ Gateway, which when connected to the internet, connects Enphase-based solar systems to the Enphase® App monitoring platform and helps make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance easy.
“We’re proud to work with Enphase to deliver best-in-class technology that unlocks more sustainable living for French homeowners, It’s clear that there is demand for high-performing and safe residential solar energy systems in France and, together with Enphase, we are diligently working to satisfy this demand with the IQ8 Microinverter.”
-Philippe Farce, managing director at Acape Energies, an Enphase Platinum level installer in France
For years, we’ve offered Enphase’s products to our customers, helping thousands of households across the Netherlands become more energy independent with industry-leading technology, said Jasper Klein, CEO at New Solar, an Enphase Gold level installer in the Netherlands. “IQ8 Microinverters open up new opportunities for even more reliable, higher-performing, and safer home solar generation at a time when consumers can benefit most.
We’re pleased to be working with world-class installers in France and the Netherlands, helping us meet the growing demand for clean, reliable, and affordable energy in Europe, said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. “As Enphase continues to expand in the European solar market, we will look to enable our growth with best-in-class technology like IQ8 Microinverters and a continued focus on superior customer service.
Enphase is rapidly expanding its presence in Europe. The company also launched the Enphase Installer Network in France and the Netherlands in 2022 and 2021 respectively, and announced that it will expand manufacturing capacity with its partner Flex in Romania beginning in 2023.
IQ8 Microinverter pilot installations began in France and the Netherlands in October with select installer partners. Enphase expects to start taking orders for IQ8 products and begin production shipments for distributor and installer partners in those countries immediately. For more information on Enphase Energy, visit the France website and the Netherlands website.
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, CA, is the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power—and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 52 million microinverters, and over 2.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 145 countries. For more information, visit https://www.enphase.com and follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.2022 Enphase Energy, Inc. All rights reserved. Enphase, the "e" logo, IQ, IQ8, IQ8M, IQ8+, IQ Gateway, Enphase App, and certain other names and marks are trademarks of Enphase Energy, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes and may be trademarks of their respective owners.