JFE to build 21.7MW Hokkaido PV

Japanese EPC provider JFE Engineering has secured an order to build roughly 21.7MW of utility-scale PV in Kushiro, Hokkaido.

The Tokyo-based company did not disclose the terms of the deal, but a JFE spokesperson told Recharge that South Korea's Hanwha's Germany-based Q-Cell unit would supply the solar panels for the project. Construction started on a 47-hectare site on 31 July, with completion scheduled for June 2015.

JFE will sell the electricity from the plant to regional utility Hokkaido Electric Power under Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) for solar energy. In April, Tokyo lowered the FIT for solar energy to ¥37.8 ($0.40) per kWh from ¥42 over 20 years.

JFE has invested in several PV projects in recent months, including a plan announced last November to build 40MW of solar at six sites in Japan. In June, it agreed to collaborate with power facility builder Kyudenko on the construction and management of 50MW of solar installations in the country.