SunPower Puts Total on the Cutting Edge of Solar

Today, the world is facing a dual challenge: meeting global energy needs and finding ways to solve climate change by emitting less carbon. At Total, we know we can do both, by diversifying the kinds of energy we use. That’s why we are actively involved in solar photovoltaics through our majority interest in SunPower, the world’s second-largest solar energy company1. SunPower’s solar panels are among the most reliable and efficient in the world, with a record conversion rate of up to 24.1%.

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    PV Salvador (Chile)
    One of the largest commercial solar power stations in the world (70 MW) in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Built and run by SunPower, it boasts high-performance panels.

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    Solar Star seen from the sky

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    Rosamond, CA.
    Solar star, the biggest solar development in the world, built by SunPower for BHE Renewables, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy (747 MW ac).

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    Mühlhausen, Germany.
    Bavaria Solarpark, a 10 MW solar power plant owned by SunPower and built in 2004.

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    Southwestern France.
    SunPower’s solar panels are found on many residential rooftops.

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    Denver, Colorado.
    The roof of the Colorado Convention Center is equipped with SunPower solar panels.

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    California Valley Solar Ranch
    Developed by SunPower, California Valley Solar Ranch is one of the world’s biggest photovoltaic solar power plants, supplying enough electricity to power 100,000 Californian homes.

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    California Valley Solar Ranch
    Motorized systems called trackers point the photovoltaic panels so that they follow the sun’s course, thus increasing energy efficiency by nearly 25% compared to fixed units.

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    Prieska (South Africa)
    SunPower has deployed its exclusive SunPower™ Oasis™ solution to build its third solar power plant in South Africa. Prieska will supply the equivalent of 78,000 South African homes in electricity (86 MW).

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    SunPower Robotic Cleaning Technology: a robotic solar panel cleaning system to maintain optimum performance

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The World’s Second-Largest Solar Energy Company

With SunPower®, Total is fully committed to solar: we are the world's second-largest photovoltaic solar company1. Its teams — experts in the field — are proficient in every area of photovoltaics:

  • R&D in high-efficiency solar technology.
     
  • Manufacturing solar cells and assembling them into panels (or modules).
     
  • Creating systems for homes and businesses.
     
  • Designing turnkey solar power plants like the Solar Star Projects in California, the world’s biggest central solar photovoltaic development.

High-Quality, High-Performance Products

A company that has embodied excellence and boldness for more than 30 years and has filed more than 500 patents, SunPower® banks on innovation. Today, its teams are making solar panels that convert 24.1% of solar energy to power, compared with around 17% for a standard solar technology product, making them the most efficient in the world. What’s more, SunPower has developed a robotic solar panel cleaning system to maintain optimum performance. This system is quicker and more efficient than traditional methods: it uses 75%2 less water and operates at night to maintain total panel efficiency during the day. Finally, SunPower® has some of the most reliable products in the market: the power level of its solar cells is almost unchanged after 25 years.

As a result, SunPower® panel users emit 40% less greenhouse gas than standard3 panel users. This energy efficiency and environmental performance have earned SunPower® panels the Total Ecosolutions4 label and a Cradle to Cradle™5 Silver certification for all panels, illustrating SunPower’s high level of environmental excellence, as much in the design as in the production and reuse of its products. SunPower’s Cradle to Cradle Silver panels have also been named Environmental Leader Product of the Year 20166.

A Broader Range of Services to Change Up the Energy Mix

SunPower is currently present in 65 countries where its installations represent a total photovoltaic capacity of more than 6 GW. With SunPower®, we add to our energy solutions by offering a cutting-edge technology and developing new services based on solar photovoltaics. We help our customers diversify their energy use, providing an efficient response to current challenges.

 

1 In market capitalization.

2 High efficiency solar panel: Large-area silicon record, Green, M. A., et al. "Solar Cell Efficiency Tables (version 47)" Progress  in Photovoltaics 2015.

3 Average for products in the field (average performance of the four main technologies available, weighted for their market share).

4 Total Ecosolutions is about developing products and services to help professional and non-professional customers improve their carbon footprint, in a spirit of innovation and continual progress.

5 Granted by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, this certification attests to the level of quality of a product based on five criteria: the toxicity level of materials, recycling of materials, use of renewable energy, reasonable consumption of water and social responsibility. 100% of SunPower’s worldwide production of solar panels is certified.

6 Environmental Leader is an energy, environmental and sustainability news source published by Business Sector Media LLC

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