Largest single project in the history of the joint venture: juwi Shizen Energy connects 54-megawatt solar park to the grid in Japan


Juwi Shizen Energy, the joint venture founded in 2013 between the German project developer juwi and the Japanese developer of wind and solar parks Shizen Energy, has successfully connected the largest single project in its history to the grid in Sano City (Japanese prefecture of Tochigi) and has already handed it over to the operator. The fact that juwi Shizen Energy is a specialist in the construction of utility-scale ground-mounted solar parks with challenging terrain topography also benefits this project as the 54-megawatt is located on a former golf course about 100 kilometers north of the capital Tokyo.

The Japan joint venture has successfully implemented several projects of this kind in the recent past, most recently the Otaki Village solar farm on a former ski slope in Nagano Prefecture, where the 1988 Winter Olympics were held. Currently, the company is constructing the 121-megawatt Pacifico Energy Sanda Mega solar farm in Hyogo Prefecture, located in the Kansai region northwest of Osaka on Honshū Island, also on the site of a former golf course. Annual output will be about 143 million kilowatt hours. It is scheduled to go into operation in December 2023. It will then replace the Sano City solar farm as the joint venture's largest single project.

“We are very pleased to have completed the Sano City project two months before the actual handover date,” says Jan Warzecha, Managing Director of juwi-Shizen Energy. “This underlines our high level of competence, professionalism and experience as a reliable EPC partner.”

With the completion of this power plant, juwi Shizen Energy has now installed a total capacity of 479.4 megawatts in Japan. In addition to building the Sanda Mega solar park with 121 megawatts of capacity, juwi Shizen Energy is also building the 100-megawatt Azuma Kofuji 1 solar power plant – making it two of Japan's largest solar power plants at present.

About the juwi group

The juwi group is one of the leading specialists for renewable energies. The German renewable energy pioneer has been offering complete project development as well as other services relating to the planning, construction and operation of renewable energy systems for 25 years. The juwi group's business areas include projects with wind and solar energy as well as hybrid systems with storage systems for industrial applications.

Juwi was founded in 1996 in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The company is now based in Wörrstadt near Mainz and has been part of Mannheim-based MVV Energie AG, one of the largest municipal energy providers in Germany, since the end of 2014. The juwi group employs more than 1,000 people worldwide and has projects on every continent. There are subsidiaries in: Germany, Italy, Greece, South Africa, the USA, Japan, Australia, India as well as the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

To date, juwi has implemented more than 1,000 wind energy systems with an output of more than 2,400 megawatts at around 180 locations worldwide; in the solar segment there are around 1,800 PV systems with a total output of more than 3,200 megawatts. Together, these energy systems generate around nine billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year; In purely mathematical terms, this corresponds to the annual requirements of around three million households in Germany. For the implementation of the energy projects, juwi has initiated an investment volume of almost ten billion euros over the past 25 years.