SunPower lands 20MW Japan order

SunPower has landed a 20MW supply order from the developer Ecomax in Japan, a market the US company says is well suited to its high-efficiency modules.

SunPower will deliver 20MW of its E20/327 modules – with a conversion efficiency of 20.1% – to Ecomax for installation during 2014 across central and northern Japan.

Ecomax will feed 13MW into projects it is building for Farmdo, an agriculture company. Some 4MW will go into projects it intends to sell to the local utility, while 3MW of operational capacity will be kept on its own books.

Ecomax confirms that it will “continue to buy” SunPower modules for its future projects.

SunPower president Howard Wenger offers up Japan’s “buildable land constraints and high grid interconnection costs” as reasons why SunPower modules are selling well in the country.

This autumn SunPower landed a 69MW module order for projects being built for Eurus Energy.

During the third-quarter SunPower’s sales to Asia-Pacific surged 63% year-on-year, due largely to Japan.