Construction has begun on a 26.2MW ground-mount PV plant at a former golf course in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, by JFE Engineering, a unit of steelmaker and heavy industrial corporation JFE Holdings.

Sunny Health, a health supplement and cosmetics industry supplier, will operate the plant in the city of Sukagawa. Sunny Health already operates three other utility-scale solar power stations in Japan of 2.4MW, 1.31MW and 1.5MW capacity.

A traditional ground-breaking ceremony was held on 31 January to mark the beginning of construction at the 76.5 hectare site. The plant will generate around 26,000MWh of energy per year, enough to meet the power consumption of around 8,000 households. Around 105,000 solar panels will be used in the construction. Electricity generated will be sold to the regional utility Tohoku Electric Power under the feed-in tariff (FiT).

According to a press release in Japanese on the company’s website, JFE Engineering aims to be involved with the development of 300MW of solar power projects this year.