Reservoir Site to Be Converted Into Solar Plant, Cropland

2013/11/08 13:40
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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juwi Shizen Energy Inc announced Oct 31, 2013, that it will build a mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant with an output power of about 1MW in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

juwi Shizen Energy is based in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The plant was ordered by Sanwa Concrete Kogyo K.K. (Amakusa City, Kumamoto Prefecture). The project was planned with the aim of using a site that used to be a reservoir formed by road building for growing crops and generating renewable energy at the same time.

This will be the first time that Sanwa Concrete Kogyo has become the owner of a mega-solar business. juwi Shizen Energy will provide EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services.

juwi Shizen Energy completed the construction of a mega-solar plant in Ozu-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture, Sept 17, 2013. The plant, which has an output power of about 1.1MW, was ordered by Forest K.K. (Yamaga City, Kumamoto Prefecture). Its solar panel and PV inverter were provided by Canadian Solar Inc and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.

juwi Shizen Energy is a joint venture of Shizen Energy Inc (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo), which develops renewable energy-based power plants and coordinates projects to develop such plants, and juwi AG (Worrstadt, Germany), which is a global EPC service provider. It was established in January 2013.

So far, juwi Shizen Energy has built three mega-solar plants (including the plant in Ozu-machi), whose power generation capacities amount to about 3.1MW, in Kumamoto Prefecture. The plant to be built in Yamaguchi Prefecture will be the first mega-solar plant that the company builds in the Chugoku region of Japan.