The ground-breaking ceremony was performed at a shrine. (source: Nikkei BP)
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Renova President Yosuke Kiminami offering a greeting (source: Nikkei BP)
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Renova Inc, which deals with renewable energy-based power generation, had a ground-breaking ceremony for a solar power plant with an output of about 21.6MW in Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, Japan, Oct 31, 2017.

Renova will use about 68ha of land (mainly forest land) in Sakura-cho, Yokkaichi City, as a business site, develop about 29ha of land (excluding remaining forest land, etc) and set up solar power generation facilities.

"It is Mie Prefecture's first solar project to which full assessment has been applied," Renova President Yosuke Kiminami said.

It took 21 months to conduct evaluation based on ordinances concerning environmental impact assessment and about four years to start the construction of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant.

The construction started Sept 26, 2017, and the plant is scheduled to start to sell electricity in March 2019. Electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Chubu Electric Power Co Inc at a price of ¥36/kWh (excluding tax).

The power producer of the plant is Yokkaichi Solar LLC (Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture), which is an SPC (special purpose company) established by Renova, Fuyo General Lease Co Ltd, etc. The plant will be Renova's 10th solar power plant.

The plant will be built on land owned by businesses such as Nagoya Railroad Co Ltd and individuals. Most of the land including the area owned by Nagoya Railroad was purchased, but part of the land was rented.

Nagoya Railroad bought the land in the period from 1965 to 1974. At that time, large-scale development projects represented by Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka's Plan for Remodeling the Japanese Archipelago were being planned and carried out, and the development of apartment complexes was being considered for the land in Yokkaichi City. Unfortunately, the land was not effectively used and had been idled.