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Natural gas and low-carbon electricity provider Total started up commercial operation of its second solar power plant in Japan.

The 25MW solar power plant in Miyako, in Iwate Prefecture on Japan’s Honshu Island, will generate enough energy to serve over 8,000 Japanese households.

The solar power plant was completed two years ago and is owned 50% by Total Solar and the other half by utility Chubu Electric Power.

Comprising 77,000 solar panels provided by Sun Power, the solar power plant is resilient to harsh weather conditions including snow.

The system is integrated with the main grid to ensure reliability during peak periods and to expand the country’s portfolio of clean resources as part of efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The project is part of efforts by Total to ensure 15-20% of its sales mix is from renewables by 2040.

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

At the end of 2018, the cumulated low carbon power capacity installed by Total was 2.7GW globally.