Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier is to build a 13MW PV plant close to the historic town of Hiraizumi.
The World Heritage Town’s administration initiated work on the project, which will be built on 35.8 hectares of land designated for commercial use
“Through Hiraizumi’s local residents, we are proving that historical sites and renewable, clean energy can exist side by side,” said Masayoshi Sugawara, Mayor of Hiraizumi.
Solar Frontier will operate and manage the site, which will generate enough electricity for half of the town’s households. Power will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power Company.
Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 with completion the following year.
Hiraizumi was designated as a World Heritage Town by UNESCO in 2011 for its temples, gardens and other archaeological sites.