Mega-Solar Power Business in Japan

Site of the future Oita mega-solar facility

ITOCHU will construct a mega-solar power plant (large-scale solar power plant) and engage in a power generation business on the 460,000 m² site of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Oita Works in Oita, Oita Prefecture, through an operating company jointly established with Kyudenko Corporation and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

The project will generate 44,800 kW of power and the power plant is scheduled to be completed and commence operation by March 2016. The predicted annual electric-generating capacity of 52,500,110 kWh is equivalent to the annual power consumption of approximately 9,300 regular homes. This will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 32,000 tons a year.
The generated power will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. for a total period of 20 years. The total amount of power generated by renewable energy owned by ITOCHU (in terms of equity capacity) in five countries, including this project, will reach approximately 470 megawatts.

Through this project, ITOCHU will actively promote power generation businesses utilizing renewable energy both domestically and internationally. We will thereby contribute to the formation of recycling-oriented societies, while taking into account environmental conservation issues such as the prevention of global warming.