12 May 2017 2017 09:00 AM GMT

Total And SunPower Join Forces To Build Solar Power Plant In Japan

Total and SunPower and ISE Group, have started up a 27-megawatt-peak photovoltaic power plant in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island. Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the plant will generate clean and reliable electricity to serve thousands of Japanese households on the island. The Nanao plant is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds 50 percent interest, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25 percent interest.

“ISE Group is a leading company in the egg farming industry with a world-class quality and safety management system. We are committed to applying the same dedication to safety and security in our renewable energy projects,” said Hikonobu Ise, Chairman of the ISE Group. “The photovoltaic power plant that has started its operations in Nanao is one of the largest in the Hokuriku region. We are pleased to partner with Total, one of the world’s leading energy companies, and SunPower, which possesses the world’s most efficient solar panel technology. We hope that this project will further strengthen the friendship between Japan and France.”

“Total Solar is proud of the start-up of its first photovoltaic power plant in Japan. This project, launched in partnership with Japanese ISE Group and Total’s affiliate SunPower, is part of our strategy to develop new projects in the fast-growing solar market,” said Julien Pouget, Senior Vice-President Renewables at Total. “The start-up of the Nanao photovoltaic power plant is an important milestone in the history of Total in Japan, where we have been present for 60 years. Total is committed to assisting Japan in further diversifying its energy mix to ensure a supply of affordable and clean energy through our solar and liquefied natural gas activities.”

“The SunPower solar panels operating at the Nanao solar power plant maximise the power generated on site by producing 45 percent more energy in the same amount of space compared to conventional solar panels, and are recognised for long-term reliability and performance,” said SunPower Vice President Shingo Tajiri. “We are pleased to partner with Total and ISE Group on our first solar power plant in Japan, a milestone that underscores SunPower’s commitment to the growth of the Japanese market.”

The ground-mounted solar power plant has been designed to fully meet the stringent Japanese earthquake-resistant building standards. Constructed on 25 hectares of land owned by ISE Group, the facility is now entirely connected to the electricity distribution grid and began supplying power through more than 80,000 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels.

ISE Group, which started its genetic and breeding improvement business for egg-producing chickens in Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture in 1912, celebrated its 100th year in business in 2012 thanks to its many loyal customers. As a top runner in the egg-producing industry in Japan, we are committed to improving egg sanitation by introducing the ISE Integration System for integrated management of all processes from producing feed and breeding to egg shipment. Outside Japan, we have 65% market share in six large states on the U.S. east coast and are expanding our business in China and Southeast Asia.

Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and a major player in solar energy with SunPower and Total Solar. It claims that its 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. Plus, that as a socially responsible company, it ensures that its operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

As one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower Corporation provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower Corporation has dedicated customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

Image: Courtesy of Sunpower. Solar Power Plant – Bavaria

June 23rd 2017
Indian Firm Wins 1.8GW Sweihan Order; The Largest Solar PV Project In The World

Indian company Sterling and Wilson has won the contract for the world’s largest single location solar PV project. The Sweihan project in Abu Dhabi is for turnkey EPC as well as O&M; and is jointly developed by Japanese investment firm Marubeni, Chinese solar company Jinko Solar, and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). It will deliver a capacity of 1177 MWp, surpassing the current largest 850 MWp single location plant in China. In March 2017, Marubeni and Jinko had signed a 25-year PPA with ADWEA on a tariff of $0.0242/kWh, making Sweihan also the plant with the lowest electricity price so far.

June 20th 2017
EDF, Canadian Solar Join Forces For One Of The Largest Solar Projects In LATAM

EDF Energies Nouvelles has acquired an 80% interest in the Pirapora II PV project (115 MWp) from Canadian Solar Inc., which is retaining a 20% stake and manufacturing the PV panels locally. It marks the latest step by EDF in Brazil’s renewable energy sector. With this addition, it now has 489 MW under construction, consisting of 183 MW (wind) and 306 MWp (solar). The project is located close to Pirapora I (191 MWp), also jointly owned by both companies. With a total installed capacity of over 300 MWp, the energy generated by both projects will cover the annual electricity consumption of 323,000 Brazilian homes.

June 16th 2017
New BNEF Report Highlights A Massive Shift to Wind And Solar, While Coal Fades

A new independent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) states that clean energy such as wind and solar will account for almost 75% of investment in power generation worldwide, between now and 2014. New Energy Outlook 2017 estimates that overall $10.2 trillion will be spent on power generation technology in the next 22 years, with $7.4 trillion being spent on renewables. This year’s forecast sees solar energy costs dropping a further 66% by 2040, and onshore wind by 47%, with renewables undercutting the majority of existing fossil power stations by 2030.