BP begins construction on new utility-scale solar project in Ohio

BP Arche Solar utility-scale project in Ohio
Workers at Arche Solar construction site in Fulton County, Ohio. (Credit: BP America)

BP has begun construction on the 134 MWdc Arche Solar project in Fulton County, Ohio. Arche is expected to create around 200 U.S. jobs across the supply chain during construction and provide more than $30 million in revenue to benefit local schools and other public services over the life of the project.

BP has secured a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with Meta for the project, bringing together two major corporations to address greenhouse-gas emissions and support renewable-energy growth in the United States.

“This agreement shows how companies can create jobs, invest in the U.S. economy, and at the same time support net zero ambitions and help the world reduce carbon emissions,” said BP America chairman and president Dave Lawler. “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.”

BP’s 50% joint-venture partner, global solar leader Lightsource BP, developed the project on behalf of BP and is managing construction.

“We appreciate BP’s partnership in helping keep our commitment to supporting our global operations with 100% renewable energy,” said Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta. “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 U.S.-based manufacturers First Solar and Nextracker, respectively.

The project is part of BP’s plans to develop 20 GW of net renewable generating capacity by 2025 and 50 GW by 2030.

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