CALGARY, ALTA. – Lafarge Canada Inc. and ATCO Ltd. through its investment in Canadian Utilities Ltd. announced Oct. 5 they have entered into a 12.5-year virtual power purchase agreement.
Under the agreement, Lafarge’s Exshaw cement plant in Exshaw, Alta. will receive 100 per cent of the energy produced by the 38.5-megawatt Empress Solar project, which meets 34 per cent of the plant’s power requirements through 2036.
“We’re continually assessing ways we can reduce our environmental impact while actively pursuing sustainable solutions within our operations. Our collaboration with ATCO underscores our commitment to adopting renewable energy at our plants and sites, which is key to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels,” Lafarge Canada (West) president and CEO Brad Kohl said in a statement.
“This agreement represents the strides we are making to support our customers in meeting their clean energy goals. We are proud to be at the forefront of the energy transition, and in a position to provide solutions to customers like Lafarge in reducing their carbon emissions,” ATCO EnPower COO Bob Myles added.
Lafarge’s Exshaw cement plant has now committed to power purchase agreements for both wind and solar energy, a Lafarge release stated.
Once the Empress Solar project commences commercial operations it is expected to generate enough renewable energy to offset approximately 43,000 tonnes of carbon per year.