Marubeni to Turn Tsunami-hit Area Into 28MW Solar Plant

2014/04/16 13:35
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Marubeni Corp announced April 10, 2014, that it will build a 28.3MW solar power plant in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and start a power generation business.

The construction and commercial operation of the plant are scheduled in April 2014 and April 2015, respectively. With a power generation capacity of 28.3MW, the plant is expected to generate 29,000,000kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 8,000 normal households. It will be one of the largest-scale solar power plants in the Tohoku region of Japan.

The construction site of the plant was hit by a tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and since then has been difficult to use as agricultural land due to salt damage and land subsidence. Amid such circumstances, Marubeni was selected as a power producer by the government of Iwanuma City in June 2012.