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Solvay's Indian facility to power 60% of electricity through solar energy
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:06.Jan.2022

Thanks to a new Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) signed with Fourth Partner Energy, an India’s large solar power producer, over half of the electricity needs of Solvay’s production facility in Roha, Maharashtra will be covered by a brand-new solar power plant starting this year, avoiding an estimated 3.9 kilotons of CO2 emissions each year.


About 50km south of Mumbai, the Roha plant is a part of the Solvay’s Novecare global business unit and it produces ingredients for home and personal care products. The new PPA for this site reinforces Solvay’s stance in the country in terms of renewable energy. 


"This is our flagship project, and a real contribution to reducing our emissions, and as it’s a very long-term PPA (over 15 years), it’s a win-win: it secures revenue for the producer, and we get to buy power at an attractive price," stated Mathilde Mathieu, Renewable Business Models & Contract Manager in Solvay’s Sustainable Energy team.


One particularity about this PPA is that Novecare has invested equity in the project. A small investment which is demanded by local regulation in order to support even more directly renewable energy projects.


Solvay’s production facility in Roha will be covered by a new solar power plant.

As it turns out, with 60% of its electricity consumption covered by the PPA and with renewable power now actually cheaper than conventional power purchased from the grid, Roha is set to make savings on its energy costs, in addition to avoiding several kilotons of CO2 emissions every year.


One caveat is that consumption must match production in real time: a company can only commit to buying as much solar power as it can consume at any given moment. Solvay is one in a list of the solar plant’s “offtakers”, companies that each signed up to buy a share of the electricity it produces and set its target at a usage of 2.45MW out of the facility’s 38MW overall power.


“We had to find the right balance so we could maximize the amount of power we purchase without buying more than what we are capable of consuming,” explains Mathilde. “It’s quite a complicated equation, due to the variability of solar production and regulatory limitations.”


"We are engaged in multiple energy transition projects throughout our sites - for example the EarthEra Renewable Energy Certificates in the US - and are constantly looking to do more. We knew there were needs at Roha, so when Solvay’s Sustainable Energy team came to us with this PPA proposal, we rapidly decided to go through with it," added Anne-Charlotte Butrot, Sustainability Project Manager at Novecare.



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