Total, ISE, SunPower starts up new solar power plant in Japan

Total, ISE, SunPower starts up new solar power plant in Japan

10:04 AM, 19th April 2017
Total, ISE, SunPower starts up new solar power plant in Japan
The ground-mounted solar power plant has been designed to fully meet the stringent Japanese earthquake-resistant building standards.

PARIS, FRANCE: Total SA, ISE Group and SunPower Corporation together said that they have started up a 27-megawatt-peak photovoltaic power plant in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island.

ISE is an egg-producing industry in Japan, whereas SunPower is one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies. 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, which holds 50 percent interest, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25 percent interest.

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, 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.

“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,” said Hikonobu Ise, chairman of the ISE Group.

“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,” added Julien Pouget, senior vice-president renewables at Total

"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 Shingo Tajiri, SunPower VP.

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