Press Release | 11 May 2022

Vodafone signs 10-year deal for three new solar farms in the UK securing clean energy and supporting its net zero ambitions

The deal helps support homegrown renewable energy as well as the UK's ambitions for long-term energy independence and security.

Vodafone has signed a 10-year agreement[1] for power generated from three new solar farms in Lincolnshire, Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire, securing clean energy and supporting its ambition to achieve net zero UK operations by 2027.

Vodafone will purchase a significant proportion of the electricity output from the solar farms, securing their development and bringing additional renewable power provision to the UK grid. Energy generation is expected to begin by the end of 2022.

The deal, between Vodafone, Centrica as the power supplier, and MYTILINEOS’ Renewables & Storage Development Business Unit as the generator, supports the UK government’s ambition to focus on home-grown, clean and more affordable energy and so boost long-term energy independence and security.

Power Purchase Agreements are key to Vodafone’s renewable energy procurement strategy. This is the second such agreement, and follows the development of two onshore wind farms, in Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, which together supply 75 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity every year. Combined, these assets will provide more than 20% of Vodafone UK’s annual energy requirement and guarantee it access to long-term, high-quality renewable electricity supplies.

When fully operational, the solar farms are expected to supply more than 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable electricity annually, enough to power a town of almost 30,000 households for a year[2]; and save around 25,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions, the  equivalent of taking 14,860 cars a year off the road. Approximately 55GWh of green electricity will be dedicated to Vodafone UK, with the remainder being sold to balancing and merchant power markets through Centrica’s Energy Marketing & Trading business.

Powering the network

Vodafone’s fixed and mobile networks in the UK connect 16 million people at any one moment. Powering the network accounts for 95% of Vodafone’s total energy usage in the UK and represents the company’s biggest impact on the environment. In 2021, it announced that its mobile and fixed networks, data centres, retail stores and offices were now 100% powered by electricity from renewable sources.

Ahmed Essam, UK CEO, Vodafone, said: “Achieving our ambitious net zero targets is a critical part of our company strategy. Already, our entire business in the Uk and Europe is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

“Today’s announcement ensures a significant proportion of our energy requirement, for at least the next 10 years, is home-grown in the UK. I’m delighted Vodafone is helping to progress the development of new renewable power sites and supporting the delivery of more green energy to the UK grid.”

Cassim Mangerah, Managing Director of Centrica Energy Marketing and Trading, said: “Building on our longstanding customer relationship with Vodafone, this deal further underlines our reputation as a leading player in the European energy markets. Through helping companies like Vodafone deliver on their green procurement strategies, we’re pushing the green transition forward through supporting the development, management and optimisation of new renewable energy assets.”

Nikos Papapetrou, General Manager of the RSD Business Unit of MYTILINEOS, said: “We are excited about this transaction with Vodafone, as this is yet another important milestone in our development strategy in Europe. Corporate PPAs are a fundamental instrument as they help companies to decarbonise and reduce their carbon footprint. MYTILINEOS is proud to be in the forefront with Vodafone and Centrica.”

Vodafone UK has made significant progress on its net zero and environmental agenda in the last year[3], including:

  • switching to 100% renewable electricity;
  • reducing CO2 emissions by 37%[4];
  • trialling electric vehicle charging points and moving to a 60% EV or PHEV car fleet;
  • enabling customers to make more informed environmental choices with the launch of trade-in and refurbished handset offers, roll out of the Eco Rating scheme and switching to SIM cards made from recycled plastic;
  • helping businesses save almost 500,000 tonnes of CO2e through IoT technology;
  • joining the UK Government’s Race to Zero and Tech Zero Taskforce.

Vodafone is committed to cutting carbon emissions and electronic waste and helping its customers to do the same.

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[1] Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

[2] According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS),  the average household uses 3,731 kWh a year

[3] Most recent UK data, as of end March 2021, source: Vodafone Annual Report.

[4] Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

About Centrica

Centrica is a leading international energy services and solutions provider, founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people.

Energy Marketing and Trading is the trading and optimisation arm of Centrica plc. We are a leading provider of energy management and optimisation services to businesses, in addition to managing commodity risk and providing wholesale market access for the Centrica Group. We have 14GW of capacity under contract in Europe, more than 80% of which is renewable assets.

About MYTILINEOS

MYTILINEOS S.A. is a leading Greek industry active in Metallurgy, Power & Gas, Renewables & Storage and Sustainable Engineering Solutions. Established in Greece in 1990, the company is listed on the Athens Exchange, has a consolidated turnover of €2.7 billion and employs directly or indirectly more than 4,820 people in Greece and abroad.

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About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of March 2022, we have 5G in 380 locations across Europe – 141 in the UK and 239 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 26 UK towns and cities, rising to 35 over the coming months, through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. Our full fibre services are now available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

For more information about Vodafone UK please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk.

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