ITOCHU Corporation plans to construct a large-scale PV power plant in Okayama city, Okayama prefecture, and the plant will commence the power generation business through an operating company established jointly with Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd. and Ene One Solar Co., Ltd. (a joint venture of Saisan Co., Ltd. and Shinwa Energy Inc.). The operating company concluded a loan agreement pertaining to the project with a group of banks represented by Mizuho Bank, Ltd., which is the managing underwriter.
The planned plant is scheduled to be completed in December 2016 with Toshiba Corporation's EPC services, and will commence operation with an initial power output capacity of approximately 37,000 kW. Its average annual power output is expected to be approximately 43 million kWh, which is equivalent to the annual power consumption of approximately 7,600 standard homes. As a result, the plant will contribute to a decrease of approximately 26,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The power generated by the plant will be sold to Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. for 20 years. ITOCHU will have a total power output capacity from renewable energy of approximately 480 MW in five countries, including this project. Through the project, ITOCHU will seek to contribute to the creation of a recycling-oriented society, while continuing its environmental conservation efforts, including prevention of global warming, by promoting its power generating business proactively based on renewable energy both in Japan and abroad.