TotalEnergies starts up its fourth solar power plant in Japan

Source: press release, 1 February 2023

TotalEnergies’ solar projects in Japan
TotalEnergies’ solar projects in Japan (illustration: TotalEnergies)

TotalEnergies has commenced commercial operation of a 51-megawatt (MW) solar power plant located in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

The plant, connected to the electricity distribution grid, will supply its electricity to Chubu Electric Power Miraiz Co. Inc., a subsidiary of the regional utility company, through a power purchase agreement over a 17-year period.

Built in 2 years, the Haze power plant is operated with nearly 100,000 high-efficiency solar panels, ensuring the highest performance in mitigated weather conditions. The supports and foundations of the solar panels are designed in consideration of earthquakes and typhoons.

The Haze power plant operates on a surface of nearly 77 hectares and will provide enough clean and reliable electricity to serve nearly 20,000 households.

“We are delighted of the successful start-up of Tsu Haze, our fourth large scale solar power plant in Japan, with our partners Suzuka Group and Tohoku Electric. This marks a new milestone in the deployment of our renewable energy activities in Japan. With more than 150 MW of cumulative capacity in operation, we are proud to contribute to the country’s energy transition,” says Vincent Stoquart, Senior Vice-President Renewables at TotalEnergies.

The commercial operation of Haze Solar Power Plant:

  • 27 MW Nanao Solar Power Plant which has been in operation since 2017.
  • 25 MW Miyako Solar Power Plant which has been in operation since 2019.
  • 52 MW Osato Solar Power Plant which has been in operation since 2021.