Total has completed construction of a 25 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Japan, its second PV project in the country.

The project, in Miyako, in Iwate Prefecture on Honshu Island, took two years to build and is designed to fully meet Japan’s stringent earthquake-resistant building standards. It is part of Total’s plans to develop its low carbon business.

The Miyako plant consists of 77 000 SunPower solar panels designed to operate in difficult weather conditions, including snow and low temperatures. It is jointly owned by Total Solar (50 per cent) and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (50 per cent), one of Japan’s largest electric power utilities.

“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,” said Julien Pouget, Senior Vice-President Renewables at Total.

Total is investing between $1.5 billion and $2 billion dollars per year in low carbon electricity – including gas and renewables.

It currently owns over 2.7 GW of low carbon power capacity globally.