October 16 (Renewables Now) - Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) announced today it held on Tuesday a groundbreaking ceremony for a 73.9-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture.
The Shirakawa Solar Park, as it is named, is the result of a joint venture between JRE and two local companies. Estimated to be the largest of its kind in the Tohoku region, this PV facility will consist of 184,730 solar panels spread over a 128-hectare area in Shirakawa city. Commissioning is expected in late December 2021.
When complete, Shirakawa Solar should be able to generate some 79.7 million kWh annually, or enough power to meet the annual demand of some 18,120 local households. Its generation is estimated to help avoid around 41,510 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The plant will sell its output to Japanese electric utility Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9506), JRE said in its press release.
In addition to this plant, the JV is developing since April 2017 the 44-MW Nishigo Solar Park, scheduled to start operation in January 2020. The firm is also planning the implementation of a 30-MW wind farm in the near future, JRE noted.