The power plant is being built as part of Yamanashi Prefecture’s Global Warming Countermeasures Plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Mt Komekura solar power plant, operated jointly by Yamanashi Prefecture and Tokyo Electric Power Company, commenced operations on January 27.

The plant is expected to generate about 12 million kWh of electricity annually, equal to the annual electricity use of about 3,400 households.

The amount of electricity produced by the plant will reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 5,100 tons, which is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of 1,000 households.