Japan's Resol switches on 37-MW PV plant in Fukushima

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January 21 (Renewables Now) - Japanese company Resol Holdinds Co Ltd (TYO:5261) announced on Monday commercial operations have started at a 37-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

The Fukushima Ishikawa Solar Power Plant was develop by subsidiary Resol Renewable Energy Co Ltd. Consisting of two units -- one of 16 MW and another of 21 MW -- the PV plant is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual demand of 10,000 local homes and offset 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.

With 112,104 solar panels in total, Fukushima Ishikawa covers 72 hectares (177.9 acres) in Ishikawa city. Resol will sell the plant's output to local utility Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9506), the firm said in its press release.

The company is promoting Japan's first local production and consumption energy system with its Resol Life Forest programme in Chiba Prefecture, which includes a power sales plan for a 1.5-MW plant. Resol has a goal to meet its electricity consumption solely with renewables by 2020, it noted.

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