Japan Undergoing a Transition as the Country Moves from Nuclear to Solar Energy

The annual power generation of this plant is 2,200kW which corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of 700 ordinary houses

Nuclear to Solar Energy ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

There is a new commitment to clean energy power sources emerging in Japan these days as the country struggles with economic and social issues. A prime example of this change in sentiment is the mega-solar power station named Iwaki Solar Power Station which is today providing a clean energy alternative to nuclear power in Fukushima Japan.

Marubeni Corporation’s fully owned subsidiary, Mibugawa Power Company brought the station online in December of 2014.  The company leased idle land in Iwaki City on where it built and now operates this mega-solar power station.

The annual power generation of this plant is 2,200kW which corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of 700 ordinary houses. The generated power will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power Company for over 20 years under Japan’s feed-in-tariff scheme.

Plant Outline

 Name  Iwaki Solar Power Station
 Location  Ogawa Town, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
 Duration of Electricity Sales  1 Dec. 2014 – 30 Nov. 2034 (20 years)
 Total Power Capacity  2,200kW
 Expected Annual Electricity Production  2,500,000kWh (corresponds to the annual electricity
consumption of 700 ordinary houses)
 Operator  Mibugawa Power Company
(100% subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation)
Location: 4-2, Otemachi 1-Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Mr. Tomofumi Fukuda (President)
Establishment: 1960
Capital: JPY 250 million
Sales: Approx. JPY 1 billion

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