Nanao, high tech solar energy

Heavy rain, strong winds and snow… Installing a solar power plant in Nanao in Japan was a technological challenge.
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Since the earthquake
in eastern Japan in 2011,
 
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our energy mix has shifted
 
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toward more renewable energies.
 
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Of these, solar is the one with
the highest expectations riding on it.
 
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Total Solar built its first Japanese
solar power plant
 
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on the Noto Peninsula,
in Nanao to be exact,
 
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in partnership with
affiliate SunPower and ISE Group.
 
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ISE opted for solar energy
 
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following the severe earthquake
in the Kanto region in 2011.
 
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We are Asia's leading egg producer
 
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and we decided to produce solar energy
on unused land at our site.
 
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We went looking for the best partner
 
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that we could trust
 
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and found a company in France
which could deliver
 
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both safety
and leading-edge technology: Total.
 
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But installing a solar power plant
on the Noto Peninsula
 
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was a technological challenge.
 
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The Nanao site overlooks the sea
 
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and experiences heavy rain,
strong winds and snow.
 
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Plus, because this is Japan,
there are earthquake risks.
 
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Building a plant to withstand
the elements for more than 20 years
 
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was also a crucial point.
 
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To adapt to the low solar resource,
Total Solar brought in its affiliate SunPower,
 
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a specialist
in high-efficiency solar panels.
 
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The project wasn't viable
using regular solar technology.
 
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The panels manufactured by Total's
affiliate SunPower are very efficient,
 
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allowing us to build the plant
in the Hokuriku region.
 
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Although technology was crucial,
 
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the project also had to reckon
with very strong traditions in Japan.
 
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Total has had business relations with
Japanese companies for over 60 years.
 
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I think this shared history
is a crucial foundation.
 
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Regarding traditions,
customs and beliefs,
 
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Total listened to the community
 
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and showed genuine respect.
 
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In particular there, on that hill,
 
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home to "kami", or spirits,
for more than 500 years.
 
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That makes this a potent "power spot".
 
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Building a solar plant
on such a powerful site
 
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is perhaps the smartest thing
we could have done!
 
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The Nanao power plant began
generating electricity in March 2017.
 
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Equipped with SunPower panels,
 
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it provides affordable, reliable,
clean energy to 9,000 Japanese homes
 
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and reflects Total's ambition of
becoming the responsible energy major.
 

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