SoftBank unit to build 102 MW in Japan

Construction will start next April, SB Energy said in an online statement. The Tokyo-based renewables developer aims to begin operations in 2020, as part of a 50:50 venture withMitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance.

The project will be built on 132 hectares of land near the town of Yakumo, Hokkaido. SB Energy did not reveal details about the PV modules or the storage battery, which will be used to mitigate output fluctuation on the grid. All electricity will be sold to Hokkaido Electric Power, with total generation expected to provide electricity to roughly 27,965 homes per year.

SB Energy has several other large-scale PV projects in development in Japan. It expects to finish building a 22.4 MW solar array in the southern prefecture of Miyazaki by fiscal 2019. It also plans to connect 64.6 MW of solar capacity to the grid in Abira, Hokkaido, by fiscal 2020.

Japanese property developer Tokyu Land recently announced plans for a large storage-backed PV project in Hokkaido. In September, it said it would build 92 MW of solar with 25.3 MWh of lithium-ion storage capacity near the city of Kushiro, in cooperation with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Green Power Development Corp. of Japan.