January 6 (Renewables Now) - Japan Renewable Energy (JRE) has commenced the commercial operation of a 44-MW solar park in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, according to information on the company's website.
The Nishinosato Solar Park, located in Nishigo village, was developed in partnership with local companies Fukushima Mirai and Shinobuyama Fukushima Power Co Ltd. The photovoltaic (PV) plant is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the power consumption of about 13,200 households.
Said to be the largest in the whole prefecture, Nishinosato Solar is seen to mitigate around 26,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually. Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9506) is the purchaser of the plant's output.
Construction of the 251,520-panel solar park was initiated in April 2017. The facility will now be operated by GK Nishinosato Solar Park, a joint venture made by JRE, Fukushima Mirai and Shinobuyama.
In December, JRE started building the 79.95-MW JRE Yamato Takamori Solar Power Plant and the 62.53-MW JRE Aso Takamori Solar Power Plant solar plant in Kumamoto prefecture.