Toyota signs 80-MW VPPA for Clearway solar project in Mississippi

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September 24 (Renewables Now) - The North American arm of Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp (TYO:7203) has signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) to offtake most of the output of a 100-MW solar project in DeSoto county, Mississippi.

The contract, announced on Wednesday, is for an 80-MW portion of Clearway Energy Group’s 100-MW Wildflower solar project, which is located close to Toyota's plant in the state. The solar park is expected to start operations in 2023.

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This is the second VPPA between Clearway and Toyota. Last year the carmaker agreed to buy power from the 110-MW Black Rock wind project, which is currently close to completion in West Virginia.

For Toyota, the 80-MW VPPA is a step towards achieving carbon neutrality in its US factories by 2035. The contract is expected to provide electricity equivalent to some 8% of Toyota’s grid consumption in North America.

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