BP starts construction of Arche solar project in Ohio

Arche Solar site in Fulton County, Ohio

BP announced the beginning of construction of its 134MWdc (107MWac) Arche solar project in Fulton County, Ohio.

BP’s Arche solar power project is expected to create around 200 US 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 Platforms for the project. Arche will generate enough clean energy annually to power the equivalent of more than 20,000 US homes.

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

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

Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Meta, said: “We appreciate BP’s partnership in helping keep our commitment to supporting our global operations with 100 percent renewable energy.”

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 US-based manufacturers First Solar and Nextracker, respectively.

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