Marubeni has won a contract to supply photovoltaic (PV) modules for a 52.5MW solar project in Japan.

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The order was placed by Renatus Soma Solar Park, which was jointly formed by Kyudenko and four other firms.

The project, which is being built in the Isobe district of Soma City, Fukushima, is expected to go online in June 2017.

It will be constructed on former farmland that was degraded by salt water following the tsunami in March 2011.

The plant will feature about 198,000 Hanwha Q CELLS-built PV modules, which are expected to generate around 60 GWh of energy per year.

Marubeni has more than 20 years of experience in the solar power market. The company said will contribute to the further expansion of the renewable energy market.

Earlier this year, Marubeni opened Iwaki solar power station which started commercial operation from 1 December 2014 in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.

The plant generates 2,200kW of energy per year, enough to meet the power needs of about 700 homes.

Marubeni also secured licenses to develop two offshore projects with a total installed capacity of 145MW off the northwest coast of Japan in the Akita prefecture.


Image: The 52.5MW solar project is being built in the Isobe district of Soma City, Fukushima. Photo: courtesy of Marubeni Corporation.