Total began operations of a 27 megawatts peak photovoltaic power plant with ISE Group and SunPower in Nanao on Japan’s Honshu Island, Total announced on Wednesday.
The plant was completed within one year after the construction start, and is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds a 50 percent interest, while Total and SunPower each hold a 25 percent share.
The new technology solar panels in the plant can maximize power by generating 45 percent more energy than conventional solar panels, the press release said.
"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" said Julien Pouget, senior vice-president of renewables at Total.
"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." Pouget added.
According to the press release, the plant has been designed to fully meet the stringent Japanese earthquake-resistant building standards.
The plant, constructed on 25 hectares of land owned by ISE Group, is now entirely connected to the electricity distribution grid and began supplying power through more than 80,000 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, the press release revealed.
By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu