Renova completes 19 MW in southwestern Japan


Renewable energy power plant developer Renova, Inc., has completed a 19 MW solar PV plant in southwestern Japan.

The Tokyo-based company completed the array in April in Otsu, Kumamoto prefecture. However, the developer held off on announcing the completion of the project in the wake of several large earthquakes that struck the southwestern island of Kyushu in mid April.

Renova had to conduct unspecified maintenance on the Otsu project after the earthquakes, according to an online statement.

It built the array on 24 hectares of private, forested land, which complicated the permitting process. Renova did not reveal the PV module supplier for the project, which is expected to generate roughly 20 million kWh of electricity per year.

In May, Renova announced plans to expand its solar portfolio from 190 MW in varying stages of development to more than 300 MW.

It currently operates 141.2 MW of solar capacity throughout Japan, including a 24.8 MW project in Tochigi prefecture, a 25.4 MW array in Oita prefecture and a 40 MW installation in Chiba prefecture.

In April, it selected Japanese engineering specialist JGC Corp to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a 48 MW solar project that is scheduled to come online by July 2019 in Karumai, Iwate prefecture.