Major realtor Mori Trust Co. announced Thursday that it will build a massive solar plant in the village of Izumizaki, Fukushima Prefecture, and bring it online in fiscal 2013.
The plant will have an annual output of 10 million kwh, enough to power some 3,000 households in Tohoku — making it one of the region’s largest solar energy facilities.
The power station will be built on the 148-hectare Laforet Shirakawa golf course, which suspended operations after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster started, and a total of ¥4 billion will be invested in the site, the company said.
Mori Trust plans to generate an initial output of 2,000 kw in summer 2013 and crank out an additional 8,000 kw during the second phase of operations. All the electricity will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power Co.
Softbank Corp., Mitsui & Co., Sharp Corp. and Kyocera Corp. have also announced plans recently to start mega-solar businesses, in anticipation of a government program that will take effect in July and oblige utilities to purchase all electricity generated through renewable energies.