Holcim taps solar power for cement plants

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To further improve its sustainability performance, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Blueleaf Energy, a leading renewable energy company, to deliver solar power to its plants in Bulacan and La Union.

Under the agreement, Blueleaf Energy will finance, build, operate, and maintain solar energy facilities in Norzagaray, Bulacan, and Bacnotan, La Union with a combined capacity of 29-megawatt peak and an annual generation of more than 50-gigawatt hours that will supply up to 15% of the energy requirements of Holcim Philippines’ plants there.

The solar energy facilities are scheduled to be completed in 2024. The partnership is projected to significantly reduce the power costs and carbon footprint of Holcim Philippines. The parties held a signing ceremony on November 16, 2021.

The deal marks Holcim Philippines’ transition to sustainable cleaner energy for cement production. Manufacturing cement is energy-intensive so the shift to renewable power enables Holcim Philippines to conserve natural resources and reduce CO2  emissions.

Horia Adrian, President and CEO of Holcim Philippines: “Reducing the carbon footprint of our operations is one of our key sustainability commitments. This year, we have made great progress by stepping up the production of blended cement and replacing coal with alternative fuels. Shifting to renewable solar energy will help us further improve as an environmental steward and a partner in building progress in the country sustainably.”

Raghuram Natarajan, CEO of Blueleaf Energy: “We are pleased to continue to build our strong track record in delivering world-class clean energy solutions in the region and supporting large multinational companies like Holcim. With our credentials of developing and operating over 2 GW of projects, of which more than 250 MW in the Philippines, this partnership also underscores our strong capability to support corporates in Asia in achieving their clean energy ambitions.”

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