ITOCHU Corporation announced today that it plans to construct a mega solar power plant on land in Okayama city, Okayama prefecture, and that it will commence the power generation business through an operating company established jointly with Fuyo General Lease Co., Ltd. and Ene One Solar Co., Ltd. The operating company concluded a loan agreement pertaining to the project with a group of banks represented by Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
The planned plant is scheduled to be completed in December 2016, and will commence operation with an initial power output capacity of approximately 37MW. 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. Through the project, ITOCHU will seek to contribute to the creation of a recycling-oriented society, while continuing its environmental conservation efforts.