Meta PPA leads to new utility-scale solar project in Ohio


Meta has signed a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with BP for the construction of the new 134 megawatt Arche Solar project in Fulton County, Ohio, helping support the global transition to lower carbon energy. Once completed, Arche is expected to generate enough clean energy annually to power the equivalent of more than 20,000 US homes.

At full capacity, Arche’s renewable power could avoid more than 155,900 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions annually, equivalent to 34,000 fuel-burning cars. It is also expected to create around 200 jobs during construction and provide more than $30 million in revenue to benefit local public services over the life of the project.

“This agreement shows how companies can create jobs, invest in the US economy, and at the same time support net zero ambitions and help the world reduce carbon emissions,” said BP America chairman and president, Dave Lawler. “It is another example of BP partnering to accelerate change and becoming an integrated energy company – one that can help corporations, countries and cities decarbonise.”

BP’s 50:50 joint-venture partner, global solar leader Lightsource BP, developed the project on behalf of BP and is managing construction.

“We appreciate BP’s partnership in helping keep our commitment to supporting our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy. In addition to adding new energy to the grid, we are proud that this project will bring additional jobs and investment to Ohio,” said Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta.

McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy & Storage team was selected as the main contractor for the project, which will include installation of ultra-low carbon solar panels and smart solar trackers from US-based manufacturers First Solar and Nextracker, respectively. 

The project is part of BP’s plans to develop 20 gigawatts (GW) of net renewable generating capacity by 2025, and 50 GW by 2030. 

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