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Juwi Shizen Energy Connects 23.5 MW Solar Farm to the Grid in Japan

Wörrstadt, Germany - Following the reactor accident in Fukushima, the Japanese government has been pushing the expansion of solar energy in particular as part of its energy supply restructuring. Juwi can once again benefit from this development through its German-Japanese joint venture.

Juwi Shizen Energy is the joint venture founded in 2013 between the German project developer Juwi and the Japanese developer of wind and solar parks Shizen Energy. In Yamachugi Prefecture, the joint venture has connected another solar power plant to the grid together with Shizen Energy.

Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. adds another Juwi Shinzen solar park to its portfolio

The Japanese energy company Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. has added the Iwakuni-Yuu solar park to its portfolio following the completion of construction work. The large-scale plant in the Japanese prefecture of Yamaguchi is the third project for which Shizen Energy has taken over the project development on behalf of Tokyo Gas. The owner of the PV plant with a total capacity of 23.5 megawatts (MW) is a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co, Ltd.

As an experienced EPC service provider, Juwi Shizen Energy, the joint subsidiary of the Juwi Group and Shizen Energy, carried out the construction, commissioned the plant and handed it over to the owner Tokyo Gas. Operation and maintenance of the solar park will be taken over by Juwi Shizen Energy Operation Inc.

Juwi Shizen Energy is an international joint venture founded in January 2013 between the German project developer Juwi and the Japanese developer of wind and solar parks Shizen Energy. Since the end of November 2020, Juwi Shizen Energy has completed EPC projects for photovoltaic plants with a total capacity of around 300 MWp, including high-voltage and solar projects, in Japan.

Since its inception, juwi Shizen Energy has been committed to the consistent sustainable development of Japanese society and future generations by providing clean and safe energy solutions that meet local needs through its projects.

Japan's energy transformation after the Fukushima nuclear accident

The severe nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011 has subsequently led to a significant change in Japan's energy mix (electricity generation in 2019: approx. 950 billion kWh) and to an increased use of renewable energies. The highest shares of renewable energy in Japan in 2019 were provided by hydropower (7.4 per cent) and photovoltaics, also at 7.4 per cent. The reason for the high PV electricity share is the Japanese solar programme, which led to an installed PV capacity of around 60,000 MW in 2019. Bioenergy follows with 2.7 percent.

Electricity generation from wind energy (0.76 percent) and geothermal energy (0.24 percent) currently lead only a shadowy existence. However, the expansion of wind energy and especially offshore wind energy is in the starting blocks. According to the government, offshore wind energy in Japan is to be expanded to 30 to 45 GW by 2040.

Source: IWR Online, 02 Jul 2021