Google: Google signs first ever PPAs in Japan

May 22, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Google has signed its first power purchase agreements (PPAs) in Japan with Clean Energy Connect (CEC), a partner of Itochu Corporation, in a deal which involves constructing a network of around 800 small-scale solar plants totaling 40MW across multiple grid regions in Japan. “This novel, distributed approach is a creative solution to the challenge of limited land availability for large-scale solar projects in the country,” Google said.

Oliver Senter, executive officer of Shizen Energy responsible for investment and finance said: “We are delighted to announce this PPA with Google which adds to our growing portfolio of corporate PPAs in Japan. In this project we worked closely with our partner Bison Energy, reflecting our strategy to act as a hub connecting customer decarbonization needs with a deep pool of projects, developed by both Shizen and its partners.”

“Signing these PPAs is just the beginning of our decarbonization journey in Japan,” Shinji Okuyama VP, Google Japan, said in a blog. “We aim to continue our efforts in the region by collaborating with local partners and exploring even more innovative solutions to accelerate the country's clean energy transition.”