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Japan’s National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations (JA Group) has announced a joint agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation to work together to promote the uptake of solar PV within the Japanese agricultural sector.
The partnership, tentatively named ‘JAMC Solar Energy Company’, will invest a total of US$770 million in installing systems up to 200kWp across the country. The joint venture is aiming to install solar arrays on some 400-600 locations, making it one of the largest rooftop installation schemes to be carried out in the country.
All of the systems will be installed under the country’s newly-introduced feed-in tariff scheme. JAMC Solar Energy Company believes that Japan’s inherent space constraints mean that developing the roof space on existing facilities serves as the most practical way of boosting Japan’s renewables output, whilst conserving agricultural land. The company maintains that incorporating more renewables into Japan’s national energy mix is increasingly important from three perspectives: as a measure against global warming; as a policy for energy security; and as a tool for managing natural disasters.
The partnership will see enough solar installed across the country to generate around 210,000,000kWh of clean electricity a year, enough to cover the yearly consumption of 58,000 households.