Bloomberg and Ørsted Announce 15 Year Renewable Energy Purchase Power Agreement

Long-term agreement fully contracts solar farm and supports conservation commitment, advances Bloomberg’s pledge to 100 percent renewable-sourced electricity by 2025
Paris, Texas – January 18, 2024 – Today, Ørsted, a leading U.S. clean energy developer, announced the signing of an 80MW power purchase agreement (PPA) with Bloomberg for renewable energy generated by the Mockingbird Solar Center, a 471 MW project currently under construction near Paris, Texas. This is Ørsted’s largest solar project in the U.S., as well as the company’s first project to incorporate conservation efforts with the protection of native tallgrass prairie. Bloomberg is one of four corporate customers buying power from the Mockingbird Solar Center, including Covestro and Royal DSM. This agreement brings the Mockingbird project to a fully contracted status for its 471 MW capacity.

In 2016, Bloomberg joined the RE100, a global corporate initiative comprised of businesses committed to sourcing 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy. According to Bloomberg, in 2022, the company secured 192,533 MWh of renewable energy from 11 projects, which represents 54.6 percent of Bloomberg’s global purchased electricity. Bloomberg expects the additional renewable energy sourced from the Mockingbird Solar Center will cover 100 percent of its U.S. electricity usage and 80 percent of global electricity usage.

“We look forward to partnering with Ørsted on the purchase of renewable energy to progress our RE100 target while also meaningfully contributing to conservation efforts,” said Dave Wildman, Global Head Facilities, Sustainability Ops, MEP Infrastructure at Bloomberg.

One of the unique features of the Mockingbird Solar Center is the agreement between Ørsted and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to preserve nearly 1,000 acres of rare, native tallgrass prairie adjacent to the project. Ørsted has purchased over half of the Smiley-Woodfin National Prairie Grassland and will donate the land to The Nature Conservancy once the project reaches operation.

“Ørsted’s commitment to the responsible development of clean energy at Mockingbird Solar Center demonstrates that conservation and clean energy can coexist,” said Monica Testa, Head of Origination, Americas at Ørsted. “We’re proud to partner with Bloomberg in support of their sustainability goals and thrilled to see companies continue to prioritize the responsible development of clean energy in line with nature.”

This conservation program is particularly impactful as less than one percent of the original tallgrass prairies of Texas survive today, and less than five percent remains nationally. The Ørsted-TNC effort will be the largest preservation effort on record for this type of native prairie and was Ørsted’s first biodiversity initiative in the U.S.

Additionally, the Mockingbird Solar Center has boosted the local economy and will provide long-term revenue for the local school districts and county. The project has created 500 jobs during peak construction and is estimated to inject $215 million into the local economy over the life of the project. This project builds on Ørsted’s existing footprint in Texas, which includes 12 wind, solar, and storage projects in operation or under construction across the state, a more than $3 billion investment in the Lone Star State.

This agreement is a major step towards advancing Bloomberg’s climate commitments to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with a 1.5°C future, which include both near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), and a RE100 commitment to obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

About Ørsted
A global clean energy leader, Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and land-based wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is the only energy company in the world with a science-based net-zero emissions target as validated by the Science Based Targets initiative and is recognized as the world’s most sustainable energy developer in Corporate Knights’ 2024 Global 100 index. 

In the United States, the company has approximately 700 employees and a portfolio of clean energy assets and partnerships that includes offshore wind energy, land-based wind energy, solar, battery storage and e-fuels. Ørsted is a U.S. leader in offshore wind energy with approximately 3 gigawatts in development and operates America’s first offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Block Island. Ørsted has a total U.S. land-based capacity of 5 gigawatts across wind, solar, storage technologies and e-fuels. To learn more about the Ørsted U.S. business, visit or follow the company on Twitter (@OrstedUS), Instagram, and Facebook.


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