BayWa r.e. has completed the Kuwabarajo Mega Solar No.4, its first solar park in Japan.
The 11.9MW project covers 24 hectares and is located Izumi in the Kyushu Kagoshima Prefecture. The park will generate enough power to supply 5.000 households.
“We’re very pleased to announce the completion of our first solar farm in Japan. Developing mega-solar projects in Japan is a challenge, given that suitable land for construction is scarce, and the permission process can easily take a few years. We are very proud to be playing a role in helping Japan to grow its renewable energy generation and support it as it moves from a feed-in-tariff (FIT) market towards a long-term commercial marketplace.Daniel Gaefke, Director of Projects APAC, BayWa r.e. Solar.
Despite its location in a hilly area, it took just over a year to build the solar farm, which consists of 31.248 solar panels. Now operational, it feeds green power into the national grid.
“It’s an exciting time for BayWa r.e. in Japan, with the commercial completion of the Kuwabarajo Mega Solar No.4 solar park and two other solar farms to follow soon. Once complete all three solar farms will deliver close to 100MW of green energy to local people. As a relatively new entrant to the market, we have worked hard to show both the local authorities and communities that BayWa r.e. is the perfect partner to help the country to meet its renewable energy targets while also being a good neighbour. Key to our approach has been to work closely with the local communities around all our projects.“Tetsuya Oura, president, BayWa r.e Japan K.K.