OGUSA Celebrates Commercial Operation of Brighter Future Solar Project
in North Carolina
February 23, 2022
Osaka Gas USA Corporation (“OGUSA”) is pleased to announce the celebration of successful energization and commercial operation of the Brighter Future Solar project (the “Project”), located in Caldwell County, North Carolina. Commercial operation began on January 27, and its launch event was held on February 22. The Project is selling its output to Blue Ridge Energy under a long-term contact.
The Project is a 15.7 MWdc(11MWac) solar project, owned in partnership with the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ subsidiary, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (“MHIA”). OGUSA and MHIA acquired the Project from the developer Oriden LLC (“Oriden”), a fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc in September 2021.
“OGUSA is pleased to reach commercial operation on its largest solar project in the United States. We are excited to begin providing low-cost clean energy to ratepayers in North Carolina, while continuing our transition to a greener portfolio.” said Tetsushi Ikuta, President of OGUSA.
Located in Pittsburgh, Oriden develops, constructs, finances, owns and operates renewable energy projects throughout the United States. As local governments, public institutions and corporations prioritize cleaner sources for their energy needs, they want a developer with the ingenuity, the agility and the speed of a start-up — a fearless pioneer. But they also want to mitigate risk with a proven veteran that has the financial strength and experience to develop, commercialize, operate and own a highly complex project. Oriden is a full-service renewable energy developer funded by Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc., an industry leader in power generation, renewables and energy storage solutions. For more information, please visit www.oridenpower.com.
About MHI Group
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, logistics & infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit www.mhi.com or follow our insights and stories on www.spectra.mhi.com.
OGUSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., one of the largest energy utility companies in Japan, focusing on its four core businesses of power generation, shale gas development, natural gas liquefaction at Freeport LNG, and future energy development/innovation. OGUSA strives to contribute to achieving a low carbon/carbon neutral society by developing renewables as well as natural gas-fired power plants.