German PV developer Juwi and Shizen Energy have completed their third project in Japan, a 1.1MW power plant on the island of Kyushu.
The two companies’ Juwi Shizen Energy joint venture has commissioned the project, which was built for an unnamed local firm.
“Our customer for the first Juwi project in Japan was very satisfied with our work. He recommended us to other local investors – which is how we won the project in Ozu,” said Juan Mas Valor, managing director, and Masaya Hasegawa, representative director of juwi Shizen Energy, in a joint statement.
The project threw up a number of challenges. The site, previously used as a pig farm, had been deserted for a number of years, requiring extensive clearance. However, the concrete foundations of pig stalls, which the construction team unexpectedly discovered, were used as footings for the PV mounting systems.
Juwi Shizen Energy’s first project on Kyushu island, a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 1MW, already produces clean electricity for 300 local households.
The JV constructed a second project for the same investor, a 1MW rooftop project in the city of Kumamoto on Kyushu, known as “Bear 2”.
“Japan is a fantastic market for solar energy and our Japanese team has built great trust with local authorities, land owners and investors,” said Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi Asia Pacific director. “Juwi Shizen Energy has a well filled project pipeline and will make a huge contribution to Japan's transition towards a sustainable economy.”