BayWa r.e. Commissions Its First Japanese Solar Farm

PVTIME - The Kuwabarajo Mega Solar No.4 solar park covers 24 hectares and is located in Izumi in the Kyushu Kagoshima Prefecture.

The 11.9MW project will generate enough electricity to
power 5000 homes.

Daniel Gaefke, Director of Projects APAC at BayWa r.e.
said: “We’re very
pleased to announce the completion of our first solar farm in Japan. Developing
mega-solar projects in Japan is a challenge, given that suitable land for
construction is scarce, and the permission process can easily take a few years.

We are
very proud to be playing a role in helping Japan to grow its renewable energy generation
and support it as it moves from a feed-in-tariff (FIT) market towards a
long-term commercial marketplace.”

Despite being located in a hilly area, the construction of
the solar farm, which comprises 31,248 solar panels, took just over a year. Now
operational, it is feeding green electricity into the national grid.

Tetsuya Oura, President of BayWa r.e Japan K.K. commented, “It’s an exciting time for BayWa
r.e. in Japan, with the commercial completion of the Kuwabarajo Mega Solar No.4
solar park and two other solar farms to follow soon. Once complete all three
solar farms will deliver close to 100MW of green energy to local people.

As a
relatively new entrant to the market, we have worked hard to show both the
local authorities and communities that BayWa r.e. is the perfect partner to
help the country to meet its renewable energy targets while also being a good
neighbour. 

Key to
our approach has been to work closely with the local communities around all our
projects.”

BayWa r.e. is already busy constructing its second solar
farm in Isohara in the Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo. The 35MW project is
set to complete in 2021, followed by the Kobe 50MW solar farm in 2022.

BayWa r.e. operates across the breadth of the APAC region,
with offices in Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia,
South Korea and Taiwan.

Since entering the APAC region in 2015 BayWa r.e. has
already delivered over 500MW of renewable energy across solar and wind farm
developments and large-scale C&I installations.

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