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Alcoa signs another PPA deal in Norway

Alcoa has signed another corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) deal for its aluminium manufacturing facilities in Norway.

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Production from the 197.4 MW wind farm near Florø in Norway will power Alcoa Norway’s nearby aluminium plant under a 15-year PPA. BlackRock Real Assets has signed a deal with developer Zephyr to acquire the Guleslettene wind farm, which is expected to come online in late-2020.

Vestas will supply the wind farm with 47 of its V136 4.2 MW turbines. The turbines will come fitted with a cold-climate package, including a blade anti-icing system.

More than 3.4 GW of wind capacity has been contracted through PPA deals in Europe in the last five years. PPAs are rapidly gaining momentum: there was a 130% increase in the volume of wind capacity contracted through PPAs in 2017 alone.

Thanks to its ‘PPA-friendly’ environment, Norway is one of the frontrunners in Europe’s PPA market. The news follows two other major PPA deals that Alcoa has signed in recent months, both in Norway. Alcoa inked a deal with the 330 MW Oyfjellet wind farm in March 2018 for its production plant in Mosjoen. This came on the back of a 281.4 MW deal Alcoa reached with Norsk Miljøkraft to power its smelter in Mosjøen.

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