Pochet Group and ABO Wind have signed a power purchase agreement (CPPA) as part of the commissioning of the group’s largest photovoltaic (PV) plant in France.

The Pochet Group is joining forces with ABO Wind, a German energy company, by signing a long-term electricity contract (CPPA) for a period of 20 years.

Through this agreement, the Pochet Group aims to reduce its impact on the planet by sourcing green energy and securing the purchase price of electricity in the long-term.

The commissioning of a PV plant planned for 2025 is part of this approach, which will have an installed capacity of approximately 20 MWp.

The PV plant will support the project to build the first French electric furnace for Pochet’s luxury bottles at its Guimerville site.

The electric furnace, operational at the end of 2024, will be supplied in part by green energy from the future PV power plant.

Benoit Marszalek, Director Pochet du Courval Operations, said: “In pursuit of our decarbonisation plan and our goal of reducing our CO2 emissions by 50% by 2033, this long-term power purchase agreement will enable us to produce sustainably for luxury differently.

“To ensure energy sovereignty in France, accelerating the deployment of renewable energy production plants is essential. This plant will therefore complement the installed photovoltaic capacity.”

The Pochet Group said other similar projects will emerge in the coming months.