The 257.7 MW (DC) project in Mimasaka, Okayama prefecture, will generate 290 million kWh of electricity per year once it is connected to the grid. All electricity will be sold to regional utility Chugoku Electric Power.
Pacifico Energy is building the array on a former golf course that had initially been destined for redevelopment as a holiday resort. The project is its second in the Mimasaka area and third in Okayama prefecture. It completed its 42 MW Mimasaka Musashi project in the region last July.
The company, established in 2012, has already commissioned 131 MW of solar capacity in the country at three locations. It is currently building a 96 MW array in Miyazaki prefecture, southwestern Japan, in cooperation with General Electric.
Okayama prefecture — situated between the cities of Osaka and Hiroshima — is also the site of another large-scale PV project, also backed by an investment by General Electric. Setouchi Future Creations expects to finish the 230 MW installation in the city of Setouchi by 2019.
In addition, Germany’s Photovolt Development Partners recently told pv magazine that it is still developing a sprawling 430 MW solar installation on a remote island off the coast of Kyushu. It first announced the project in 2014, in cooperation with Kyocera, Kyudenko, Orix and Mizuho Bank.