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Total Solar International has kick-started the construction of the Miyagi Osato Solar Park in Japan.

The 52MW solar park is Total’s third facility in Japan, is expected to be completed in 2021 and is claimed to be the largest solar facility in the country.

The design of the solar park is in line with Japan’s earthquake-resistant building standards and will be equipped with approximately 116,000 solar panels developed by SunPower.

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 Total will own 90% share of the solar park whilst a subsidiary of Softbank, SB Energy, will own a 10% share.

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The facility will provide clean and affordable energy for Japanese households.

Julien Pouget, senior vice-president of Renewables at Total, said: “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 developing renewable production capacities worldwide and in particular in the Japanese market, where we actively pursue our development”

Total owns the 25MWp Miyako solar park which was launched in 2019 and the 27MWp Nanao power plant which was launched in 2017 in Japan.

The three projects set Total as one of the key players in the Japanese solar industry.

The energy firm has plans to have between 15 and 20% of its sales generated from renewable energy resources by 2040

To date, Total has 3GW of renewable energy capacity worldwide