Construction work on BP’s (LON: BP) Arche utility-scale solar project is underway in Fulton County, Ohio.
The scheme is expected to create around 200 jobs across the supply chain, and provide more than $30 million across its lifespan.
A portion of that money will be used to benefit local schools and other public services.
BP has also has secured a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with Meta for the 134 megawatts defined condition (MWdc) project.
Once completed, Arche will generate enough clean energy annually to power the equivalent of more than 20,000 US homes.
BP America chairman and president Dave Lawler said: “This agreement shows how companies can create jobs, invest in the US economy, and at the same time support net zero ambitions and help the world reduce carbon emissions. It’s another example of BP partnering to accelerate change and becoming an integrated energy company – one that can help corporations, countries and cities decarbonize.”
Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta, added: “We appreciate bp’s partnership in helping keep our commitment to supporting our global operations with 100% renewable energy. In addition to adding new energy to the grid, we are proud that this project will bring additional jobs and investment to Ohio.”
McCarthy Building Companies’ Renewable Energy & Storage team was selected as the main contractor for the project, which will include installation of ultra-low carbon solar panels and smart solar trackers from US-based manufacturers First Solar and Nextracker, respectively.
The project is part of BP’s plans to develop 20GW of net renewable generating capacity by 2025 and 50GW by 2030.