Total helps start group backing solar energy

Total SA has become a founding member of the Terrawatt Initiative, a global nonprofit organization promoting solar energy.

The organization, Total said in a press release, “represents key private-sector solar-energy stakeholders in their dialog with governments and international organizations.”

The group hopes to deploy more than 1 Tw of solar energy by 2030, involving investment exceeding $1 trillion.

Total owns a majority interest in SunPower, a solar systems provider based in San Jose, Calif. (OGJ Online, May 2, 2011).

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