Oct. 10, 2013 - Juwi Shizen Energy has realized its third solar project in Japan. In Ozu on Kyushu island the joint venture between the German juwi group and the Japanese company Shizen Energy Inc. has recently commissioned a free field solar park. The solar power plant has an installed capacity of 1.1 megawatt (MW). Every year the 4,480 solar modules feed 1,375,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) of climate-friendly electricity into the local grid. This equals the electricity consumption of more than 380 local households. The project in Ozu has been built for a local company.
"Our customer for the first juwi project in Japan was very satisfied with our work. He recommended us to other local investors - which is how we won the project in Ozu", Juan Mas Valor, Managing Director, and Masaya Hasegawa, Representative Director of Juwi Shizen Energy, jointly explain.
Before construction works could begin, certain obstacles had to be overcome – the land had previously been used as a pig farm but has been deserted for over 30 years and therefore had to be cleared of vegetation. In addition, the project team unexpectedly hit upon concrete foundations of the former pig stalls as there were no plans of the previous farm. They could, however, be reused as new foundations for the mounting system. Since then construction has been progressing rapidly: The solar plant has been connected to grid as scheduled and is now producing climate-friendly electricity.
For Juwi Shizen Energy it is the third solar project on Kyushu island.
"Japan is a fantastic market for solar energy and our Japanese team has built great trust with local authorities, land owners and investors", says Amiram Roth-Deblon, Juwi Regional Director Asia Pacific and Representative Director of Juwi Shizen Energy. The country is currently expanding its renewable energy sector. Japan is aiming for 20 percent renewables in 2020. “Juwi Shizen Energy has a well filled project pipeline und will make a huge contribution to Japan's transition towards a sustainable economy", Amiram Roth-Deblon continues.