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Boralex and Auchan Retail France sign PPA in Hauts-de-France region

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Boralex and Auchan Retail France have signed a corporate PPA through which Auchan Retail France will locally consume green energy produced by two wind farms owned and operated by Boralex in the Hauts-de-France region for a period of three years, starting January 1, 2021.

The Chépy and Nibas wind farms, respectively commissioned by the Somme department between 2003 and 2004, and producing a combined total power of 16 MW, will have their production revived by directly supplying Auchan Retail France’s outlets and warehouses in northern France, including the Mers-les-Bains shopping centre less than 20 km away from the wind farms.

“We’re proud of the confidence that Auchan Retail France has in us, which shows that our renewable energies promote our territories’ economic strength. This contract between two long-standing Hauts-de-France companies is proof that we can bring production closer to consumption, so that the green energy produced by our farms is used every day by French people.”

Nicolas Wolff, vice president and general manager, Boralex, Europe.

“Our Direction Marchés de l’Énergie, created in 2019, set a goal of rolling out private power purchase contracts to industrial and commercial customers in the French market. This agreement with Auchan Retail France, a well-established, world-renowned distributor, helps us to move closer to that objective.”

This contract is a significant step forward for Boralex in rolling out its strategic plan for 2023 and strengthens its position as a business partner.

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