Total partners with Envision to boost commercial solar in China


Less than two weeks after stating its claim in offshore wind energy in the UK and French offshore wind markets, international oil heavyweight Total has joined forces with Chinese clean energy company Envision, to develop solar-powered distributed energy resources (DERs) in China.

The two companies have formed a 50/50 group venture, named TEESS, to develop solar projects for business-to-business customers.

Envision – best known as one of China’s leading wind OEMs has made recent news when it announced the development of an open-platform alliance to connect energy pioneers and technology innovators, and before that in April 2019, when it secured the development rights for 90MW of wind capacity infrastructure development contracts in Mexico.

The company is also a major player in software and operating systems for the wider clean energy sector, whilst Total is active in solar via its US subsidiary, SunPower.

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Alex Sun, CEO of the new venture, claimed the commercial and industrial sector accounts for about two-thirds of Chinese power consumption.

“We aim to combine our respective strengths in digitalised and distributed solar energy sector, to become the number one choice of Industrial & Commercial companies in China to support and enable their renewable power transition,” he said.

Total is also active in the onshore wind through its Total Eren development subsidiary and has ambitions in offshore wind in the UK and France.