European renewable energy firm Enery this week announced it had signed two virtual power purchase agreements (vPPAs) with the companies part of the Orange Romania Group.

Under the terms of the contracts, Enery has committed to providing an annual supply of 70,000MWh of clean energy to Orange. The agreements also include a virtual cross-border PPA.

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The companies within Orange Group Romania covered by the contract are Orange Romania, Orange Romania Communications, and NextGen Communications.

Severin Vartigov, chief commercial officer of Enery, said: “The collaborations with the Orange Romania Group underscore our unwavering dedication to supporting businesses on their journey toward decarbonization. Our mission is to join forces with our partners in shaping a more sustainable energy landscape, while inspiring others to embark on bold initiatives for a greener future.”

Enery’s energy portfolio currently comprises 312MW of renewable energy capacity across 59 sites in central and eastern Europe including wind, solar, and hydro assets.

Orange aims to be net zero carbon by 2040. Last year Orange Romania signed a vPPA with Engie to procure solar energy in the country. The telco is also installing solar panels on 300 network sites and four communication interconnection centers and data centers. As of August 2023, 650 solar panels had been installed on three interconnection centers in Constanța, Brașov, and Timişoara, as well as 133 network sites.

Elsewhere in Europe, the company has deployed solar panels at two data centers in Poland in Łódź and Warsaw; and at its Bercenay-en-Othe teleport in France. In Africa, Orange is utilizing solar at data centers in the Ivory Coast – in Yamoussoukro and Grand Bassam – and Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

Orange has previously signed three PPAs in Poland, and solar PPAs in France with Total and Engie totaling more than 130MW.

2022 also saw Orange launch a €50 million ($56.3m) carbon fund to finance reforestation and ecological restoration projects.