Shizen Energy, a Japanese renewable energy project developer, and German PV developer juwi have established a new joint venture company called juwi Shizen Energy.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, the joint venture firm will help Japan to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies in their country. It has a project pipeline of 120MW in 2013 and is aiming to install 1GW by 2017.
The venture has already connected its first project to the grid in mid-December — a 1MW PV system located near Kumamoto City on the island of Kyushu in the south of Japan. The construction of the project started at the end of October.
The project is equipped with 4,088 modules supplied by Canadian Solar on 15,000 square metres of land. It is also equipped with inverters from TMEIC and mounting systems from Schletter PV Max. The plant benefits from the Japanese feed-in tariff at a rate of ¥42 (US$0.47) per kWh.
“We are planning to construct more projects all over Japan. In addition to free-field photovoltaic systems we are also building roof-top photovoltaic systems,” explains Masaya Hasegawa, Managing Director and founder of Shizen Energy and Representative Director of juwi Shizen Energy.
“We are convinced that it is possible to supply all energy needs with secure and environmentally-friendly sources of energy. 100% renewable energies are not only possible but are a key element for an independent and sustainable future in Japan and elsewhere around the world,” says Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi Regional Director Asia Pacific and Representative Director of juwi Shizen Energy.