Juwi commisions 25 MW solar plant on former Japanese golf course

Large-scale solar has come to the fore once more in Japan following the commissioning of a 25 MW PV plant on a former golf course.

Located in Iwate Prefecture, the former Iwate Hirono golf course has come a fairway since it ceased to welcome golfers, and now hosts solar panels across its 410,000 square meters.

With an expected annual energy output of 20.8 million kWh, the solar plant is a green giant for the region, and under the country’s FIT will help Tohoku Electric Power Co. to get into the swing of solar energy – the utility has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar generated onsite.

For juwi Shizen, the local subsidiary of Germany’s juwi, the completion of the solar farm is another hole-in-one for the clean energy developer, which has now commissioned 40 large-scale solar projects in Japan. The O&M provision is par for the course for the firm, with Spain’s X-Elio group the reliable caddy during the build phase.

The Iwate solar park is the sixth such project to be completed by juwi in Japan’s Tohoku region, and COO of juwi group Stephan Hansen said that the firm’s joint venture (JV) with local project developer Shizen Energy had been pivotal in these successes.

"The JV has emerged as an experienced and reliable engineering, procurement and construction partner with a proven track record," he said.