Tokyo Gas America Selects Origis Services to Manage Its 500 MWac Aktina Solar Project in Texas
AUSTIN, TX – (April 26, 2021) – Origis Services today announced its selection by Tokyo Gas America Ltd. to manage the firm’s 500 MWac Aktina Solar project in Wharton County, Texas. Located near the Houston load center, Aktina is slated to be brought online in blocks starting in mid-2021 and will deliver power to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Origis will provide an integrated suite of operations and maintenance (O&M) services, including full-time technicians on the project as well as compliance and monitoring services out of its 10,000 square foot Remote Operations Center in Austin, TX.
Aktina is the first solar project in the United States by Tokyo Gas America (TGA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. The project contributes to the firm’s Compass 2030 initiative to grow renewable power capacity to 5 gigawatts by 2030 and achieve net-zero CO2 emissions.
“Tokyo Gas is scaling quickly to meet its global clean energy goals,” said Michael Eyman, Managing Director, Origis Services. “We are honored to work with TGA on Aktina, their first solar asset in the U.S. The investments we’ve made in our facility and team to support the massive growth of solar and energy storage in the U.S. will now support Tokyo Gas America’s renewable energy footprint here.”
“Among a competitive landscape of operators, Origis Services stands out by their deep knowledge of utility-scale solar operations and maintenance,” stated Ken Kiriishi, Senior Vice President, Tokyo Gas America Ltd. “The team at Origis Services has demonstrated a commitment to transparency and has maintained a focus to ensure maximum production out of this critical asset for Tokyo Gas America. TGA is pleased to select Origis Services as our O&M service provider for this local, Texas asset, and we look forward to a long partnership of successful operations between the two companies.”
Origis Services delivers the promise of clean energy with operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management services for solar and energy storage across North America. The team manages a diverse utility scale and distributed generation portfolio with experienced solar professionals backed by a state-of-the-art Remote Operations Center (ROC) located at its headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Tokyo Gas America Ltd. was established on February 1, 2013 and is fully owned by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. The company develops wide-ranging businesses that include upstream operations such as gas field development, midstream to downstream operations as exemplified by power generation, natural gas distribution, LNG exportation and natural gas trading in North America.
Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. is Japan’s largest provider of city gas, and has also been focusing on electric power businesses in recent years. The total number of customers is over 11 million, primarily in the Tokyo metropolitan area and surrounding Kanto region. In its overall business activities, Tokyo Gas aims to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions, including customer emissions, and lead the transition to a climate-neutral society. The company aims continuous growth in overseas renewable energy business.
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