Ichigo starts up small solar plant in Japan

Japan's Ichigo PV plant. Image by Ichigo (www.ichigo.gr.jp)

November 24 (Renewables Now) - Japanese real estate and renewables investor Ichigo Inc (TYO:2337) said that today marked the start of operation of a 740-kW solar plant in Japan's Chiba prefecture.

The array, named Ichigo Chiba Wakaba-ku Omiyacho Nishi ECO Power Plant, is made up of 1,648 panels installed on 9,854 square metres (106,067.6 sq ft) of idle farmland in Chiba city.

It is expected to generate over 837,000 kWh per year, enough to meet the annual power demand of 279 local homes, the firm said.

The plant is Ichigo's 57th operational solar farm in Japan. With this new addition, the firm's capacity reaches 162.72 MW.

In the near term, the group expects to have 67 solar power plants with a combined capacity of 199 MW, including operations and projects in development held by its yieldco Ichigo Green Infrastructure Fund Investment Corp (TYO:9282).

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