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Japan wind debut for Softbank

SB Energy – the renewables development arm of Japanese telecoms giant Softbank – is teaming up with conglomerate Mitsui and Green Power Investment to build and operate a 48MW wind farm in western Japan.

Construction will start this month near the coastal city of Hamada, Shimane prefecture.

The plant will feature 29 1.67MW turbines and is expected to start generating electricity in 2015, according to a statement from SB Energy.

The installation will be the first wind project involving SB Energy, which mainly develops solar projects but has previously outlined significant ambitions in wind.

It did not reveal financial details of the Hamada installation or name a turbine supplier.

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son established SB Energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Green Power Investment is a Tokyo-based wind developer whose shareholders include Softbank, Mitsubishi, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and the Development Bank of Japan.

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