(PRESS RELEASE) PARIS/ TOKYO, 8-Oct-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Total Solar International announce the start of the construction of a large-scale solar plant located in Osato, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Miyagi Osato Solar Park with 52 megawatt-peak (MWp) is expected to provide clean and reliable electricity to Japanese households in 2021.
Julien Pouget, Senior Vice-President Renewables at Total, commented: “The Miyagi Osato Solar Park is Total’s third and biggest solar plant in Japan, which will allow us to reach a cumulated capacity of over 100 MWp in the country. This project is in line with Total’s commitment to develop renewable production capacities worldwide and in particular in the Japanese market, where we actively pursue our development.”
Japan has a stringent earthquake-resistant building standards and Miyagi Osato Solar Park is designed to fully meet these qualifications. Around 116,000 SunPower® Maxeon® high efficiency solar panels will be installed in the facility.
Miyagi Osato Solar Park G.K. will be the operator of the solar plant. It is a special purpose company, majority-owned by Total Solar International (90%), alongside SB Energy Corp. (SB Energy) (10%), a Japanese subsidiary of SoftBank Group.
Total Solar International just began the operation of two other large-scale solar plants in Japan: Miyako Solar Park (25 MWp, 2019) and Nanao Power Plant (27 MWp, 2017). Total is one of the most dynamic players in the Japanese solar market, achieving a rapid growth of over 100 MWp of cumulative capacity achieved in 2 years.
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Total includes climate change into its strategy and is staying ahead of new energy market trends. It has a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that could account for 15 to 20% of its sales by 2040. Total’s gross low-carbon power generation capacity worldwide currently stands next to 7 gigawatts, of which over 3 gigawatts from renewable energies.
Total actively contributes to the growth of solar energy worldwide by designing and operating utility-scale power plants and supplying industrial and commercial customers with solar energy generated at their sites.
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