Softbank, Mitsui press on with 111MW

Conglomerate Mitsui and a unit of telecoms giant Softbank will start building a 111MW solar plant in northern Japan next month.

The two companies will each have a 50% stake in the plant. The start-date ends speculation from earlier this year that Softbank would reconsider planned PV installations on the northern island of Hokkaido, due to concerns about connecting to the regional grid.

SB Energy, a Softbank subsidiary the develops renewables projects, did not disclose the PV module supplier.

The project, scheduled to start operations in early 2015, is located in Abira, near the port of Tomakomai, Hokkaido.

In June, SB Energy agreed to team up with Mitsui and Green Power Investment to build and operate a 48MW wind farm in Shimane prefecture, western Japan. The plant is expected to start generating electricity in 2015.