The Oslo-based telco Telenor Infra AS has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Hydro Energi AS for a total supply of 330 GWh annually.
The 260 MW Stor-Skälsjön wind power project is located in Sundsvall and Timrå municipalities in Sweden and is partly owned by Hydro Rein, Hydro’s venture into renewable growth. The park will comprise of 42 turbines. Construction has started and commissioning is planned for autumn 2023.
The 10-year contract with Telenor Infra will start when the park starts operations, and the power will be used to cover Telenor’s Norwegian consumption.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
“As part of Telenor Group’s commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and meet our science-based targets, we are pleased to have entered into this agreement with Hydro for the provision of renewable energy to our operations in Norway. For Telenor to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, sourcing renewable electricity is key, and Power Purchase Agreements are our preferred mechanism to do so, as they can contribute to new capacity of renewable energy,” says Cecilie Heuch, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Sustainability Officer at Telenor Group.
“We are looking forward to supply Telenor with renewable power as part of their sustainability agenda. When companies like Telenor are committing for the long term offtake of power from wind projects not yet in operation, they are contributing to new capacity of renewable power, as well as decarbonizing the Nordic power market,” says Olivier Girardot, Head of Hydro Rein.
Renewable power solutions
“This is the first transaction showing Hydro Rein and Hydro Energy’s ability to offer renewable power solutions to external customers. Hydro Rein aims at becoming the preferred supplier of renewable power for industrial clients, and Telenor is a great example of that”, Girardot says.
Hydro Energy is responsible for commercial handling at Stor-Skälsjön and delivering of power from the wind park to Telenor.