Sprint and Duke Energy Sign VPPA for 173.3 MW Wind Power

Sprint and Duke Energy Sign VPPA for 173.3 MW Wind Power

Sprint and Duke Energy Renewables have announced a 12-year VPPA for 173.3 MW of new wind energy sourced from the 182 MW Maryneal Wind power project in Texas

Sprint Duke Wind VPPA

American telecommunications company, Sprint and Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, have announced a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 173.3 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy. Duke Energy Renewables will build, own and operate the 182-MW Maryneal Wind power project located in Nolan County, Texas, that will come online in 2020.

The agreement will enable Sprint to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and achieve approximately 30 percent renewable energy for its total electricity portfolio. The project will provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of more than 54,000 U.S. homes and will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to removing more than 96,000 cars from the road annually. 

Sprint is serious about minimizing its carbon impact, and operating as a more sustainable company, said Sprint Foundation Chairman Doug Michelman. “This wind project will help us make substantial progress towards offsetting the energy we use across our operations, including our headquarters, retail stores, call centres and cell towers.”

The Maryneal project increases Duke Energy Renewables’ US wind capacity to more than 3,000 MW. Full notice to proceed with construction will begin in early 2020 and the wind project will be fully operational by December 2020. Nordex Acciona will supply 38 4.8-MW wind turbines for the site. Wanzek Construction is the contractor for the project. During peak construction, the project will create approximately 200 jobs.

The long-term VPPA complements Sprint’s longstanding sustainability strategy, originally launched in 2008, which includes reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserving natural resources such as water and paper, eliminating waste from all corners of the business and responsibly recycling waste when possible. Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services advised Sprint on the Maryneal VPPA, supporting project selection and negotiations.

Duke Energy is one of the leading renewable energy providers in the US – and is on track to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass energy by 2020.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.