Marubeni to build 28MW PV in Japan

Marubeni plans to build the biggest utility-scale PV project in northern Japan’s Tohoku region, with a 28.3MW installation set for completion by April 2015.

A new wholly owned special purpose company will start construction this month in Iwanuma, Miyagi prefecture.

A spokesperson told Recharge that the Tokyo-based conglomerate will not use Japanese PV panels for the project, but declined to reveal the supplier.

The project will be built on farmland that was inundated with salt from the massive tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan in March 2011.

Over the past year, Marubeni has revealed plans to develop a number of PV projects in Japan, including a 49MW PV installation on reclaimed land near the city of Nagoya.

Last June, it announced plans to install 82MW of panels supplied by Hanwha Q Cells.