JRE breaks ground on 54-MW solar farm in Japan's Kagoshima

Solar park in Japan. Author: Minoru Karamatsu. License: Creative Commons.

November 14 (Renewables Now) - Japan Renewable Energy (JRE)  held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 54-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture on Wednesday.

The JRE Satsuma Solar Power Plant will consist of 136,000 solar panels installed in Satsuma city. Commissioning of the full capacity is scheduled for January 2023.

Once operational, the PV facility is estimated to generate some 64.8 million kWh per year, enough to cover the annual consumption of 14,740 local households, JRE said in its press release.

The clean electricity output will help offset around 28,390 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. The plant's output will be sold to Japanese electric utility Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9508).

JRE is currently developing two PV facilities of 73.9 MW and 44 MW respectively in the Fukushima prefecture. The company also plans to build a 30-MW wind farm in the near future.

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