Bouygues Energies & Services and Toho started working on the array in Yaita, Tochigi prefecture, in June, according to an online statement. The installation is scheduled to start operations next April, with annual electricity generation expected to serve the needs of about 12,900 homes.
The Yaita project is the second PV array that Bouygues Energies & Services has worked on for Singapore-based Equis, including a 13.7 MW solar plant now under construction in Noheji, Aomori prefecture.
“The trend for renewable energy projects in Japan stays positive and gives us solid ambitions in this EPC market,” said Xavier Perdereau, business development director of Bouygues Energies & Services and CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services Japan.
Equis, which claims to be the biggest renewable IPP in the Asia‐Pacific region, owns 1.4 GW of capacity across 45 sites in Japan, with an additional 1.1 GW in development.
In early August, Equis Energy obtained approval to develop 1 GW of solar in Australia. It will build all of that capacity at a single site near Wandoan, Queensland. The total investment in the project has been estimated at A$2 billion ($1.56 billion), with an option to add storage capacity at a later date.