Total Solar International, a wholly owned Total subsidiary dedicated to utility-scale solar plants, announce the start of the construction of Miyagi Osato Solar Park in Japan.
The large-scale solar plant of 52 megawatt-peak (MWp) located in Osato, Miyagi prefecture is expected to start up in 2021 and will provide clean and reliable electricity to Japanese households.
“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”, said Julien Pouget, Senior Vice-President Renewables at Total.
The plant will be operated by Miyagi Osato Solar Park G.K., a special purpose company, majority-owned by Total Solar International (90 per cent), alongside SB Energy Corp. (SB Energy) (10 per cent), a Japanese subsidiary of SoftBank Group.
The launch the construction of Miyagi Osato Solar Park follows the beginning of the operation of two other large-scale solar plants of Total Solar International in Japan: Miyako Solar Park (25 MWp, 2019) and Nanao Power Plant (27 MWp, 2017). This rapid growth (over 100 MWp of cumulative capacity achieved in 2 years) sets Total as one of the most dynamic players in the Japanese solar market.
Total integrates climate change into its strategy and is staying ahead of new energy market trends by building a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that could account for 15 to 20 per cent 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.
Tom Heggarty, Wood Mackenzie Senior Analyst, said: "With the launch of construction of its third solar PV plant in Japan, Total continues to progress with its expansion into large-scale renewable energy development. Total is now active across the solar PV value chain.”