December 2 (Renewables Now) - Japanese renewable energy firm SB Energy Corp said today it has started the commercial operation of a 3.1-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
The SoftBank Tomakomai Numanohata Solar Park is estimated to be able to produce a little over 3.79 million kWh a year, the equivalent to the consumption of 1,053 local homes. It covers an area of 6.3 hectares (15.5 acres) in Tomakomai city.
SB Energy was responsible for the design, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works for the PV facility, the renewable energy arm of SoftBank Corp (TYO:9984) pointed out in its press release.
The company has a total of 152 MW of combined solar capacity on Hokkaido island, according to its website, and Numanohata Solar is the sixth one there.
Last week, SB Energy announced the implementation of a 50-MW biomass power plant in Aichi prefecture, together with Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002) and Chubu Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9502).