According to a report from The Japan Times, Softbank, and its subsidiary SB Energy, will be constructing a new 200MW solar project in Tomakomai, Hokkaido. The project is said to be the largest solar project in Japan with a maximum output capacity of 340MW. Hokkaido Electric Power advised that it can accept around 200MW, based off of the current infrastructure for electricity delivery.
SB Energy plans to take advantage of the government system that will go into effect in July, which will make it mandatory for power utilities to buy electricity from renewable energy sources. The company is in negotiations with Hokkaido Electric over the purchase of future electricity generated under a proposed FiT system.
The project will see solar panels installed across 480 hectares on the waterfront of an industrial portion of eastern Tomakomai. Softbank and Hokkaido Electric advised that they will decide when to begin construction for the solar site, its final output capacity and the amount of power to be purchased once the government finalizes the electricity price.