Under the deal, Verduijn, a division of the Dutch confectionary concern Van Melle, has contracted to use electricity from renewable sources for about half its annual production at its sugar processing factory in Breskens, some 850,000 kWh in total.
In December, Delta had 528 electricity customers who together had contracted to buy some 950,000 kWh of clean power at a premium price. As with the schemes run by other Dutch utilities, the revenues generated by green electricity sales will be ploughed back into the development of energy from renewable resources. The Verduijn deal will swell Delta's green power funds by an extra NLG 50,000. Use of these funds will be supervised by the Zeeland Environmental Federation.
Delta currently operates 97 wind turbines which together produce 41 million kWh annually -- enough green electricity for 15,000 households. It aims to have 25,000 households signed up to its green electricity scheme by the turn of the century.
The purchase of green power is company policy at Van Melle, which also seeks to place wind turbines on its sites -- the most important of which is in Breda. Verduijn hopes that the recent deal will lead to the placement of turbines next to its Breskens factory.