RWE and ASML, the world’s largest supplier of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, which is already underway, ASML will be provided with more than 250 gigawatt-hours of green electricity per year from RWE, a portion of which will be sourced from the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in the Belgian North Sea.
The power will also be delivered from two new RWE onshore wind farms and one solar plant in the Netherlands.
Located off the coast of Zeebrugge, Northwester 2 is operated by the Belgian company Parkwind.
The procurement of green electricity from third parties and its supply to ASML is handled by RWE Supply & Trading.
”We are pleased to support ASML in reducing its carbon footprint,” said Tom Glover, Chief Commercial Officer at RWE Renewables.
“With our broad and international portfolio of renewable assets, we are among the largest producers of green power. The Netherlands are one of our core markets, where we already operate seven onshore wind farms with a total capacity of around 300 megawatts.”
In full operation since May 2020, the 219 MW Northwester 2 comprises 23 Vestas (MHI Vestas) V164-9.5 MW wind turbines connected to Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid (MOG).
”ASML recognizes climate change as one of humanity’s toughest challenges,” Marijn Vervoorn, ASML’s Director Sustainability Strategy, said.
”We are committed to taking our responsibility and support the fight against climate change. As part of this commitment, we support the energy transition and aim to source 100% of our energy from responsible, renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy in 2025. This agreement is an important step towards our objective. We also see this agreement as an incentive for sustainable energy companies to invest in new renewable energy parks for local use.”