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Renova Completes 80MW Solar Plant in Iwate

2019/12/07 16:47
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The two mega solar plants (source: Renova)
Solar panels were set up according to the terrain without major land formation. (source: Nikkei BP)
Renova built an observation facility and donated it to the town. (source: Nikkei BP)

Renova Inc, which develops renewable energy, had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of an 80.8MW solar power plant in Karumai-machi (town), Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Dec 3, 2019.

Renova developed and constructed the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Karumai Higashi Solar Power Plant," in cooperation with the town by using the scheme of the Act for the Promotion of Renewable Energy in Rural Areas

The ceremony was attended by about 150 people including Kenichi Yamamoto (town mayor of Karumai-machi) and Mitsuo Matsuura (chair of Karumai-machi Town Council).

"Going forward, along with food production, supply of CO2-free renewable energy will become a responsibility of local governments," Yamamoto said. "In addition to supplying clean energy to urban areas, we will partner with those cities to vitalize our community."

Renova already completed "Karumai Nishi Solar Power Plant" with an output of 48MW in an area adjacent to the Karumai Higashi Solar Power Plant in July 2019. The two plants have a total solar panel capacity of 128.8MW. And, when combined, the two sites measure about 4,590,000m2, which is the largest area of a mega solar site installed in the mountains in Japan.

The power producer of the plant is an SPC (special purpose company) invested in by Renova and other companies. For both of the sites, JGC Corp provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services, and Mirait Technologies Corp is responsible for maintenance and inspection.