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Renova Begins to Build 25MW Solar Plant in Tochigi

2014/06/19 15:39
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Renova Inc (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) started to construct the "Nasushiobara Solar Power Plant" May 28, 2014, for a joint project with another company.

The mega (large-scale) solar power plant is located in an about 37ha private and communal forest in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. For the plant, 24.8MW of solar panels and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverters will be installed. The manufacturer of the panels was not disclosed.

The plant is expected to generate about 26,100,000kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 7,000 households. Renova will begin construction work within June 2014, aiming to start operations of the plant in September 2015. From the beginning of the project development, Renova led the entire development process. And it formed an anonymous association with Nasushiobara Solar Limited Liability Co (LLC) as a business operator May 28, 2014.

For the solar power plant, an agreement for nature conservation was concluded based on the Forest Act, which regulates the development of forest areas, and regulations of the prefecture with regard to the conservation of natural environment and greening in the prefecture.

Renova runs a 14MW solar power plant in Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture, for another joint project. And it is leading the development of a 40MW plant in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture, 7.5MW and 9.4MW plants in Kikugawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and 25.4MW plant in Kokonoe-machi, Kusu-gun, Oita Prefecture, which are under construction. Including the plant in Nasushiobara City, the total capacity of the six mega solar plants being operated or constructed by the company is about 120MW.