Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation will supply modules for a 52.5MW plant in Fukushima.
The project is in the Idobe district of Soma City, which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. It will be built on former farmland that was degraded by salt from the tsunami that followed the quake. Almost 200,000 Hanwha QCELLS modules will be supplied for the site.
The solar power plant is being developed by the Renatus Sola Solar Park Company, a joint venture led by Kyudenko Corporation.
The plant is scheduled for operation in June 2017.
Solar has become a powerful symbol for the resilience and recovery of the tsunami-affected areas, as well as being a vital and well-publicised part of the country's plan to lower reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear, with renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiTs) introduced in July 2012 in response to the crisis. In 2013, PV Tech's Andy Colthorpe visited the 3.5MW Kizuna solar park in tsunami-hit Matsushima, reporting back with this blog and photo gallery.