Consortia led by industrial conglomerate Mitsubishi won close to 1.7GW in Japan’s first utility-scale offshore wind tender.

Most of the acreage allocated by Japan’s ministry of economy, trade and industry (METI) is off Akita province in the North-West of the island nation.

A consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions, Venti Japan, C-Tech Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation won the right to build and operate around 819MW of offshore wind off Yurihonjo City in Akita Prefecture.

The group is partnering with several companies, including internet retail giant Amazon, NTT Anode Energy Corporation and Kirin Holdings on a regional promotion strategy and said it has already made concrete proposals under its exclusive public occupancy plan.