Total Solar has commenced the construction on 25MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Miyako, Iwate province, Japan.

It is the company’s second Japanese solar power facility, which is expected to begin operations in 2018. It will offer clean electricity to around 8,000 households.

Designed to cope with Japan’s earthquake-resistant building standards, the new facility will feature around 76,000 SunPower solar panels.

Via regional utility company, the new solar facility will be connected to the electricity distribution grid to supply energy to the customers.

Total renewable senior vice-president Julien Pouget said: “The solar market offers significant growth potential. Following the start-up of the Nanao solar plant in March this year, the Miyako Solar Park will further contribute to the diversification of Japan’s energy mix.”

In April this year, SunPower, ISE Group and Total have commenced operations of a 27MW PV power plant in Nanano on Honshu Island in Japan.

The clean electricity generated from the facility will be supplied to thousands of Japanese households on the island.

The ISE Group owns 50% stake in Nanao plant, while Total and SunPower each hold 25% interest in the project.

Since 2011, Total has been the majority shareholder of SunPower, which is involved in the entire photovoltaic value chain ranging from manufacturing cells to designing large-scale turnkey solar power plants, as well as installing residential or commercial rooftop systems.

Around 7GW of solar capacity has been installed by Total, SunPower and their partners, since 2011.

Total Solar, which is a subsidiary of the Total Group, is engaged in the development of solar power plants and distribution of photovoltaic systems for the sites of industrial or commercial customers.