After successfully putting in operation two solar plants with a total of over 50 MW capacity in Japan, French energy company Total has now begun construction work on another 52 MW project, which it says will be its largest in the country, and taking its cumulative PV capacity in Japan to more than 100 MW. (Photo Credit: Total)
- Total has begun construction activities on its third solar power plant in Japan with 52 MW capacity
- It will be located in Osato in Miyagi prefecture and come online in 2021
- SunPower will supply 116,000 Maxeon high efficiency solar panels for the Total project that has SB Energy as the 10% shareholder
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French energy company Total’s solar subsidiary Total Solar International has started construction on site of a 52 MW PV project in Japan, its third in the Asian country. The Osato, Miyagi prefecture located plant is scheduled to come online in 2021.
It will its biggest solar plant for the country, according to Total. So far its biggest power plants are the 25 MW Miyako Solar Park and 27 MW Nano Power Plant that are both fully operational. For this project, Total will use panels from its subsidiary, US module manufacturer SunPower, which is supplying 116,000 of its Maxeon high efficiency solar panels.
The 52 MW project now takes the Total’s cumulative solar capacity in Japan to over 100 MW. The project will be operated by Miyagi Osato Solar Park, G.K., a special purpose company, which is owned by Total Solar (90%) and SoftBank’s SB Energy Corp. (10%).
Globally, Total owns 7 GW of gross low-carbon power generation capacity with 3 GW coming from renewable energy technologies. It aims for its low-carbon businesses to account for 15% to 20% of its sales by 2040.
A new research from Carbon Tracker Initiative, Tokyo University and CDP has claimed the Japanese government must expand renewables, namely solar and wind, in the country; if it does not stop investing in coal and retire its current capacities in time, it could be staring at $71 billion in stranded coal power assets (see Cheap Renewables To Undermine Coal In Japan).