Mitsui, SB power up 43MW Japan PV

Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co. and SB Energy, the renewables arm of telecoms giant Softbank, will begin operating a 42.9MW solar array in western Japan from 1 February.

The plant — the latest in a string of projects that Mitsui has done with SB Energy — is situated on a 53.2-hectare plot of land near Yonago, a city in Tottori prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. The two companies did not disclose further details.

Mitsui and SB Energy have collaborated on a number of projects in recent months. In November, they announced plans to jointly build a 22.4MW installation in the city of Arao, Kumamoto prefecture, and a 19.6MW project in the adjacent city of Omuta, in Fukuoka prefecture.

In October, they started building a 111MW installation in Abira, near the port of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, and revealed plans to construct a 19.6MW PV project in Osaka.