April 13 (Renewables Now) – Japanese trading firm Sumitomo Corp (TYO:8053) announced today that is has put online, last month, a 59.9-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant in Fukushima prefecture.
The solar power plant is located in Minamisoma city and spreads over an area of 110 hectares (271.8 acres) in the region affected by the 2011 earthquake. It required JPY 22 billion (USD 204m/EUR 166m) in investments.
With 220,000 solar panels, this PV facility is estimated to produce enough annual power to meet the demand of approximately 20,000 homes, the company said.
Sumitomo is constructing a second solar park in the city, with 32.3 MW of capacity, scheduled to commence operations in December 2018. This supports Minamisoma’s goal of reaching close to 100% of renewables in the city’s electricity consumption by 2030, Sumitomo noted.
By Lucas Morais