Alight to install more solar power in Sweden as part of AAE with Axel Johnson
October 21 (Renewables Now) – Swedish solar developer Alight will build and operate two more solar parks for Axel Johnson AB, bringing the combined annual production contracted by the family-owned industrial group to over 90 GWh.
As part of one of the agreements announced Thursday, Axel Johnson, a food distribution and wholesale subsidiary, Axfood AB (STO: AXFO) signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Alight for a park 40 MW solar power plant which will produce 40 GWh per year, sufficient to cover around 15% of the company’s electricity consumption.
The installation will have around 60,000 solar panels. Axfood has undertaken to purchase all the electricity produced on the site for a minimum period of ten years.
Under the other agreement, Alight will build a solar farm of more than 30 GWh for Axel Johnson and its subsidiaries Axel Johnson International, Dustin, Kicks, Martin & Servera, STC and department store operator Ahlens.
Both solar parks are expected to be completed in the first half of 2023, with permit applications currently under review.
In addition, Alight is already building an 18 MW solar farm for Martin & Servera catering and catering in Skurup, southern Sweden. About 18,000 of the more than 35,000 solar panels have already been installed since the PPA was announced in December 2020. Construction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022. Annual production will be around 19 GWh.
“[…] we are now taking an important and concrete step to reduce our climate footprint by adding renewable energies to the market. With this milestone, we are also contributing to a significant breakthrough for the Swedish large-scale solar energy market, âsaid Mia Brunell Livfors, President and CEO of Axel Johnson.
Sweden’s total installed solar capacity stood at 1.09 GW at the end of 2020, up from 0.7 GW in 2019.