Total to enter into the solar market with 2 GW of projects in the pipeline

Source: press release, 11 February 2020

For 40 years, Total has been committed to advancing solar energy (photo: PIERRE-OLIVIER/Capa Pictures/Total)
For 40 years, Total has been committed to advancing solar energy (photo: PIERRE-OLIVIER/Capa Pictures/Total)

Total, through its wholly owned affiliate Total Solar International, establishes its presence on the Spanish solar market through two agreements with Powertis and Solarbay Renewable Energy and to develop nearly 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects.

“Spain benefits from a solar resource that is unparalleled in Europe. Its photovoltaic market is one of the most dynamic in Europe, with an expected capacity increase from 6 GW to nearly 40 GW by 2030. Total is pleased to enter on this fast-growing market through partnerships with local developers,” says Julien Pouget, Senior Vice President Renewables at Total.

Total Solar International and Powertis, a developer of utility-scale solar plants in Europe and South America, have agreed to establish a joint venture (65%/35%) to develop solar PV projects in Spain. Powertis will bring to this joint venture a pipeline of 800 MW of early stage projects and the JV will develop further new projects as well.

Total Solar International has also signed an agreement to acquire 100% of a portfolio of solar PV projects which are being developed by the Spanish company Solarbay. The projects, which will be located in the regions of Andalusia, Aragon and Castile-La Mancha, represent a cumulative capacity of up to 1.2 GW.

The first project is set to begin operations by the end of 2020, with the ambition that all projects of both portfolios will be in service in 2023. Success fees will be paid by Total to Solarbay and Powertis along the steps of development of the projects.

Total integrates climate change into its strategy and is staying ahead of new energy market trends by building a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that could account for 15% to 20% of its sales by 2040. Total’s gross low-carbon power generation capacity worldwide is currently close to 7 gigawatts, of which 3 gigawatts from renewable energies.

Total actively contributes to the growth of solar energy worldwide by designing and operating utility-scale power plants and supplying industrial and commercial customers with solar energy generated at their sites.