Virtual power purchase agreement with L3Harris supports their corporate sustainability goals while spurring development of new renewable energy infrastructure in Texas

L3Harris Technologies, a global aerospace and defense technology innovator, entered into a long-term virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Lightsource bp for renewable energy to help reach its emissions reduction goal. The company plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions companywide by nearly 30% by 2026.

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L3Harris signed a virtual power purchase agreement with Lightsource bp for up to 100 megawatts of capacity from Elm Branch Solar, a new solar farm being developed by Lightsource bp about 40 miles south of Dallas which is expected to begin operation in the second half of 2021. L3Harris will receive renewable energy certificates from the solar project to reduce GHG emissions from its overall operations. L3Harris’ agreement is the equivalent of eliminating about 110,000 metric tons of CO2 per year or removing 24,000 cars from the road every year.

VPPAs are a great mechanism for corporate entities such as L3Harris to achieve their sustainability goals and contribute to the construction of new renewable energy projects without having to physically install solar at their corporation’s location.

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    /135MWᴀᴄ capacity
  • 156,000
    metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • 33,700
    fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)
  • 24,790
    equivalent US homes powered per year
  • 300
    local jobs created

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Construction starts on 316MW of solar in Texas

In January 2021 we announced that Lightsource bp had successfully closed on a $380 million financing package and mobilized construction on its Elm Branch and Briar Creek solar projects in Texas, both located about 40 miles south of Dallas.

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