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EDP Renewables and MSD Enter a Long-Term 40 MW Power Purchase Agreement for a Wind Power Project in Spain

EDP Renewables | April 27, 2021

EDP Renewables, a world leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s third-largest wind power producer, has signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with pharmaceutical company MSD (tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA) to commercialize the energy produced by a 40 MW wind farm.

The project is located in Albacete (Spain) and is expected to start operations in 2023. With this new agreement, EDPR secures 406 MW for projects in Spain that are expected to be operational from 2021. Recently EDPR was awarded 143MW, both wind, and solar PV, in the renewables auction opened by the Spanish Government.

EDP Renewables CEO, Miguel Stilwell de Andrade, said:

“We are delighted to announce our long-term PPA with Merck, a company which, like us, is doing its part toward decarbonizing the economy. Spain is a strategic market for EDP Group, and we look forward to continuing to actively develop wind and PV energy in this region”.

“This contract is an important step in MSD meeting its commitment to sustainability by bringing carbon-free energy to the Spanish grid and reducing the environmental impact of our European operations. As a human and animal health company, we see our renewable energy strategy as fully integrated with MSD’s mission to save and improve lives” said Susanna Webber, senior vice president, Global Supplier Management Group and Chief Procurement Officer, MSD.

EDPR’s success in securing new PPAs reinforces its low-risk profile and growth strategy based on competitive project development with long-term visibility.

EDP Group is committed to becoming an all-green company by 2030, developing an additional 20GW in renewables through to 2025, at a rate of 4 GW/year.

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