Hanwha Q Cells modules chosen for 52.5 MW Fukushima solar plant

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation – which has previously developed a suite of mega-solar PV projects in the country – will develop a new 52.5 MW solar PV plant in Fukushima Prefecture, and has agreed a supply deal with Korean solar company Hanwha Q Cells for 198,000 modules.

The proposed solar plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2017 and has been commissioned by Renatus Soma Solar Park Limited Liability Company, a jointly established entity with Kyudenko Corporation and four other companies.

Marubeni Corporation has been selected to develop the plant, which will be located in the Isobe district of Soma City that was one of the most severely affected regions of the 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.

The site identified for the plant’s development is a stretch of farmland that suffered significant salt damage during the tsunami and, as a result, now lies dormant. In March, approval was granted to convert the land into a solar plant, and Marubeni chosen for the development.

The conglomerate has a long-standing relationship with Hanwha Q Cells, and possesses a "significant sales record" with the Korean module supplier, the company stated.

In 2014, Hanwha Q Cells supplied 26.2 MW of its modules to the Sunny Solar Fukushima Central Plant, which is one of the largest solar farms in the region.