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Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) - Accelerate your sustainability goals

This financial agreement is a key strategy for many businesses for accelerating their sustainability journeys. With a VPPA, there is no required physical delivery of energy to the customer, it is purely a financial transaction. For companies large and small, VPPAs enable them to take advantage of utility scale renewable energy while benefitting from the flexibility of a customized solution.

How it works

A financial transaction with the reach to power your business from anywhere

Renewable power generated from our portfolio of power plants is offloaded to a specified delivery point on the power grid to be marketed.The renewable energy buyer does not physically receive the electricity, reducing the burden of requiring a change in supplier associated with this solution. Since our power plants have no direct link with your energy provider, there are no sleeving costs involved and RECs are issued to affirm your commitment to sustainable energy.

Through a long-term PPA, an agreement is reached between producer and partner on a supply price (also known as the strike price). If energy prices were to fall above the threshold agreed at the strike price, your business will receive the economic benefit based on the amount generated and the positive price difference (Contract for Differences - CfD).

The flexibility of Virtual PPAs has made them the preferred large-scale green energy contract for US corporations. On a global scale, this makes VPPAs the go-to choice for multinational companies operating in multiple markets, each with their own framework. Our business team is able to customize a Virtual PPA based on your market needs.

Let’s start a conversation on sustainability. Contact us to discover what a Virtual PPA can do for your organization.

VPPA highlights

Here are the key features that make Virtual PPAs the go-to choice for a sustainable energy supply from our vast portfolio of renewable power plants, no matter where your business operates.

Tailor-made, flexible contracts

No sleeving costs involved

No limits on load points

Protection from volatility in market prices

No obligation to change supplier

Power market long-term hedge

General informations

A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a bilateral contract that allows buyers to purchase energy and Energy Attribute Certificates (EAC) or Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from a renewable energy supplier. Agreements can be flexible in order to meet the energy buyer’s needs. For example: deals can be purely financial or include physical energy delivery; EACs can be bundled to the PPA price; and length, security package, penalties, price and volume structure can all be negotiated by the parties.

There are multiple benefits to entering into a PPA, including:

  • Direct contract with renewable power project operators
  • Flexibility on agreement terms and types
  • Transparency of energy costs and ability to plan for the long-term
  • Contribution to sustainability targets
  • Environmental commitment to customers and key stakeholders
  • Enable additionality (a new power plant will be built thanks to this contract)
  • Risk allocation reflected in the deal

There are many similarities between the two structures of PPAs, such as: tenor, basis risk, renewable power certification (GOs), project performance, generation profile and credit risk. What differs between the two approaches is that with a VPPA, there is not a physical supply of the energy. The buyer receives the EACs (or RECs if located in the U.S.) and the buyer pays the producer the difference between the contract price and the wholesale market price for the energy. This is also known as a Contract for Differences. Basically, a VPPA can enable additional renewable capacity, and also acts as an energy price hedging tool. Customized volume and price structures can be proposed for both physical and financial contracts in order to optimize the value for the PPA partner.

The customer has the right to change the retailer depending on how open the market is. In Europe specifically, the retailer can be changed at any time for both options: physical PPA and financial PPA. For the former, the energy contracted in the PPA will be made available by the seller to the new retailer, while payments will remain between the original parties through a third-party agreement. For the latter, the long-term CFD structure will stay in place, while the physical supply will switch to another retailer. For other specific markets, please contact our commercial team.

A financial PPA can be a perfect price hedge if the price of the retail contract for the physical supply is indexed at the market price. In contrast, if the buyer decides to enter into a VPPA without any adjustment to its physical retail supply fixed price contract, it will be a valuable price hedge, but it cannot be considered a perfect one.

Supplier/Buyer, Supplier/Buyer Parent Company or Supplier/Buyer Guarantor (as agreed between the parties) shall provide a parent guaranty to guarantee the Supplier’s/Buyer’s payment obligations under the PPA. If the acceptable credit rating of the Parent Guarantor drops below a required level, a Bank Guarantee will be issued.

Yes. Generation from renewable energy can be sold in different ways: as generated, take or pay, or pay as consumed. The underlying volume structure can be baseload, peak-off peak, block of hours, solar or wind profile, or client load profile. Everything depends on the customer’s needs and risk appetite. 

Yes. The PPA provides a grace period for delays in COD, during which time the seller will pay delay damages. If COD is not achieved within the grace period, the buyer has the right to terminate the agreement.

Yes. Before signing the contract, an energy assessment of the facility is done with the buyer. After the construction phase begins, a periodic construction report is shared with the buyer as well. And once the plant is operational, the seller can provide ongoing information and data about production. 

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