Oita Hiyoshibaru Mega-Solar Power Plant
July 15, 2014
ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it will construct a mega-solar power plant (large-scale solar power plant) and engage in a power generation business on 460,000 square meters of land on the premises 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. Today, the operating company concluded a loan agreement concerning the project with a syndicate of banks organized by Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
The project will generate 44,800 kilowatts of power and the power plant is scheduled to be completed and commence operation from March 2016. The predicted annual electric-generating capacity of 52,500, 110 kilowatt-hours 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 period of twenty years. With the inclusion of this project, the total renewable energy-based generating output owned by ITOCHU (on an equity interest basis) in five countries around the world will reach about 470MW. By actively promoting power generation projects that utilize renewable energies in Japan and overseas through projects such as this one, ITOCHU will contribute to the formation of a recycling-oriented society while taking into account environmental conservation issues such as the prevention of global warming.
|Planned Construction Site||Hiyoshibaru, Oita, Oita Prefecture|
Integrated development from development to power generation.
Electric power sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc over a period of 20 years
|Construction Period||Start of construction in August 2014, planned commencement of commercial operations in March 2016|
ITOCHU Corporation: 50%, Kyudenko Corporation: 30%Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.: 20%