Midwest retailer Meijer to buy power from 300-MW wind park

The Tuscola Bay II Wind Energy Center. Photo by: NextEra Energy Resources (www.nexteraenergyresources.com)

July 11 (Renewables Now) - US Midwest supermarket retailer Meijer has entered into a contract with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC to buy the majority of the electricity produced by the 300-MW Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center in Texas, once the project is completed.

The newly-signed renewable product purchase agreement (RPPA), as described by Meijer, will see the firm buy about 800,000 MWh of electricity per year.

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The Lacy Creek Wind Energy Center is expected to enter into operation by the end of the year. It will consist of up to 108 wind turbines installed on 60,000 acres in Glasscock and Sterling counties.

Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Meijer is a family-operated retailer that runs 262 supercentres and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company aims to cut 50% of its absolute carbon emissions by 2025.

In March 2022, Meijer announced a similar PPA with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions for a portion of the electricity generated by the Pisgah Ridge Solar project in Navarro County, Texas. That contract has a term of 15 years.

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