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French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total has to date launched 1,000 service stations powered by solar energy, with the latest one opened in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The system has 134 square metres of photovoltaic panels to produce 45MWh of power per year, which has the added benefit of reducing the retail outlet’s carbon emissions by 30 tons per annum.

Total launched the initiative to power service stations with solar systems in 2016. The energy firm plans to solarise some 5,000 service stations in 57 countries by installing solar panels at 1,000 service stations per annum.

This means more than a third of the company’s retail network stations worldwide will be equipped with high-efficiency SunPower solar panels.

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Total will also solarise production sites, such as plants and refineries, and office buildings. This will add more than 200MW of energy, enough to power 200,000 people, on the company’s energy capacity.

Momar Nguer, Total's president of marketing & services, commented: “Total service stations around the world are designed as one-stop shops offering customers tailor-made services that are easy to access and use. The service stations equipped with solar panels are more independent of the grid and showcase our know-how and expertise in renewable energies."

Consistent with Total’s ambition to become the responsible energy major, the programme will reduce our retail network’s carbon emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year, stated Nguer.

“Solarising Total’s service stations is fully aligned with our strategy of generating and supplying distributed renewable electricity,” added Julien Pouget, senior vice-president for renewables at Total. 

Total plans to build a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that will account for 15 to 20% of its sales by 2040.