French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total has commenced commercial operations on its second solar power plant in Japan.
Located in Miyako, in Iwate Prefecture on Japan’s Honshu Island, the 25MW peak solar plant will produce enough energy to power more than 8,000 Japanese households.
Total Renewables senior vice-president Julien Pouget said: “We are proud of the successful start-up of our second solar power plant in Japan. The success of the Miyako project is fully in line with our ambition to develop low-carbon electricity worldwide.”
The Miyako plant is jointly owned by Total Solar and Japan’s electric power utility Chubu Electric Power.
Equipped with nearly 77,000 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, the new power plant has been designed to comply with Japan’s earthquake-resistant building standards and is now integrated with the electricity distribution grid .
Total’s investments in low carbon electricity from gas and renewables range between $1.5bn and $2bn a year. The company’s installed cumulated low carbon power capacity was 2.7GW worldwide as at the end of last year. Total aims to ensure 15%-20% of its sales mix is from renewables by 2040.
It is involved in the development and operation of solar power plants and supplying solar electricity to residential, industrial and commercial buildings.
In September 2017, Total entered an agreement to purchase an indirect interest of 23% in EREN Renewable Energy (EREN RE) for €237.5m.
The new deal also offers Total an option to acquire EREN RE after a period of five years.