In a statement announcing the deals completion, Totals Philippe Boisseau said that the deal represents progress for the solar industry. "To ensure the long-term viability of solar energy, the marketplace requires global integrated industrial players that are financially stable and committed to advancing cutting-edge technology."
SunPowers president and CEO Tom Werner described the investment in glowing terms. "Totals transformational investment in SunPower significantly strengthens our company, accelerates our success in a broader marketplace and enhances our R&D efforts."
As part of the deal giving Total the majority stake in SunPower, they will supply the photovoltaic company with a further $1 billion in credit support over the next five years. SunPower has posed consecutive losses in quarter one and two of 2011.