Arkema to Incorporate Solar Power at Clear Lake, Texas, Site
On January 26, Celanese Corporation announced it will incorporate a solar power component into the electricity supply mix for the company’s acetyl intermediates chemical manufacturing facility located in Clear Lake, Texas. As the site owner, Celanese will extend this solar power supply to other site partners at the facility including Arkema.
Arkema, which owns and operates the acrylic acid and acrylic esters units at the Clear Lake site, contributed to the development of this project and will incorporate the solar power supply.
“Arkema is constantly evolving its industrial practices to reduce its environmental footprint. Increasing renewable energy components with solar power at our Clear Lake site will allow significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This is fully aligned with the Group commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce its absolute emissions in line with a global warming well below the 2°C trajectory, according to the Science Based Target methodology,” said Virginie Delcroix, Vice President Sustainable Development at Arkema. “Industrial organizations play a major role in the global transition towards sustainability. This common agreement on renewable energy at the world-class Clear Lake facility further demonstrates industry’s commitment.”
Calpine Energy Solutions is expected to supply the Clear Lake facility with 45 megawatts of peak solar contracted capacity. On an annualized basis, this represents approximately 142,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy and will equate to taking approximately 14,500 cars off the road. This contract equates to about 33 percent of annual electricity consumption at the site and approximately 65 percent of the site’s daytime electricity usage during the summer months.