Equis Contracts with Bouygues to Build Solar Asset in Japan
Tokyo, October 2, 2017 – Equis Energy (Equis), the largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) in the Asia‐Pacific region, has selected Bouygues Energies & Services (a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction) and Toho Electrical (Toho) to build a 41 MW solar project in Yaita, in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Bouygues Energies & Services and Toho will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services for the project, which began construction in June 2017.
Adam Ballin, Equis Energy Board Director, said, “Thanks in part to strong ongoing regulatory support, the future continues to be extremely bright for solar energy in Japan, where renewable energy generation is expected to increase by 65% by 2030. We look forwardto continuing our partnership with Bouygues Energies & Services in Yaita City, creating over 200 jobs, supporting the community and supplying low‐cost, clean solar energy.
Xavier Perdereau, Business Development Director of Bouygues Energies & Services and CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services Japan, said, “We are extremely happy and proud that Equis decided to select once again Bouygues E&S Japan and its partner Toho for this major project: this shows and confirms our ability to accompany our client in its successful expansion. The trend for renewable energy projects in Japan stays positive and gives us solid ambitions in this EPC market.”
Equis is one of Japan’s largest renewable energy IPPs, focused on developing, constructing, and operating solar and wind generation facilities. In Japan, Equis owns 45 projects comprising 1.4 GW and has a further 1.1 GW under development. At its regional headquarters in Tokyo and local offices in Shichinohe, Kasama and Fukushima, Equis employs over 60 professionals well‐versed in development, design, project management and investment. This is the second photovoltaic facility in Japan on which Equis has partnered with Bouygues Energies & Services for EPC services, following previous collaborations in Thailand and the Philippines.
Bouygues Energies & Services is one of the leading global EPC companies for PV solar projects. In Japan, it is currently building for Equis a 13.7 MW facility in Noheji, Aomori prefecture. Bouygues Energies & Services has major references in Europe and in Southeast Asia, where in the Philippines in 2016 it completed the largest solar project in the region, with a generation capacity of 132.5 MW. Bouygues Energies & Services is also active in Australia, and maintains a significant share of the solar EPC market.
Toho Electrical specialises in telecommunications and renewable energy and will provide mechanical and electrical construction expertise on the Yaita solar project.
The Yaita project is slated to start operating in April 2018 and will generate approximately 89,800 MWh per year, providing clean, safe electricity to 12,905 households, saving 58,364 tons of CO2 as well as 84.6 million litres of water.