juwi Shizen Energy has secured an engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contract for the 42MW Sano Tadacho solar power plant in Japan.


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The solar power plant is owned by Sun Station Hikari X, of which Sonnedix Japan KK and Sonnedix Power Holdings are investors.

The solar power plant, which will be located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Sano City, will be built on a site of approximately 1,210,000 m2.

Annual production of the solar plant is expected to be nearly 44,300MWh, which is to the annual electrical power use of approximately 14,900 ordinary homes.

Construction of the project is anticipated to be completed in winter 2020.

While Sonnedix Japan KK will perform development and management for the project, juwi Shizen Energy Operation will be responsible for operation and maintenance of the solar farm.

For the capital requirements of the project, the Japanese megabank Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is expected to offer non-recourse project financing from the construction phase.

Established in 2013, juwi Shizen Energy is a joint venture between Shizen Energy and juwi, a company headquartered in Germany.

While Shizen Energy’s activities include development of and securing of funding for renewable energy power plants, juwi involved in development and EPC for renewable energy.

The firm said in a statement: “juwi Shizen Energy will continue to leverage the knowledge and experience it has accumulated through its global operations and aim to contribute to the increased use of renewable energy and the construction of a sustainable society both in Japan and overseas by providing EPC solutions that meet the needs of the local areas in which a power plants are constructed.”

In September, juwi Shizen Energy completed the EPC of the 14MW Ishinomaki Numazu solar power plant.

Spread over over a 220,000 m2 site on a former golf course in the city of Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, the solar is expected to produce enough electricity to meet the annual amount of power consumed by 4,400 ordinary homes.