JAG Energy Group have been contracted to build a 13MW, 14.3 hectare solar park in Kanagawa, part of the Greater Tokyo region in Japan. The company, a unit of the Japan Asia Group, will build the solar park as part of Kanagawa prefecture’s Smart Energy Initiative.
Under the initiative the area’s regional government plans to focus on solar power as a means of greatly increasing the amount of renewable and clean energy generation available. The park will be named Ashigara-Ōi Solar-Way after the mountain and the town next to which it will be located. Representatives of Japan Asia Group, JAG Energy, Kanagawa prefecture government officials and Oi town signed an agreement for the park’s construction to go ahead.
Ashigara-Ōi Solar Way will be built with panels by Japanese manufacturer Toshiba. The park is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 3,640 households, based on an annual power consumption figure of around 290kW a month per household. The electricity generated will be sold to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). JAG Energy stated that they will endeavour to develop a power plant to suit the local area and needs of local residents.
The park will begin construction in February 2014, expected to come online in March 2015. It will therefore begin construction before the end of Japan’s financial year in April 2014, when it is possible that as with last year, the Japanese government may make the decision to alter the Feed-in Tariff rate. The rate of FiT is expected to undergo gradual degression based on how much PV generation capacity is introduced domestically.