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juwi Shizen Energy completes Third Solar Park in Japan

1.1 megawatts free field installation in Ozu on Kyushu island / Clean electricity for more than 380 local households / More projects in the pipeline

(PresseBox) (Tokyo / Wörrstadt, ) juwi Shizen Energy has realized its third solar project in Japan - the land of the rising sun. In Ozu on Kyushu island the joint venture between the German juwi group and the Japanese company Shizen Energy Inc. has recently commissioned a free field solar park. The utility scale solar power plant has an installed capacity of 1.1 megawatt (MW). Every year the 4,480 solar modules feed 1,375,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of climate-friendly electricity into the local grid. This equals the electricity consumption of more than 380 local households. The project in Ozu has been built for a local company. The company got to know juwi Shizen Energy through the customer for the joint venture's first two Japanese projects.

Quality convinces: A local Japanese company thought along the same lines when asking juwi Shizen Energy to develop their solar park in Ozu in the prefecture of Kumamoto. "Our customer for the first juwi project in Japan was very satisfied with our work. He recommended us to other local investors - which is how we won the project in Ozu" Juan Mas Valor, Managing Director, and Masaya Hasegawa, Representative Director of juwi Shizen Energy, jointly explain.

Before construction works could begin, certain obstacles had to be overcome - the land had previously been used as a pig farm but has been deserted for over 30 years and therefore had to be cleared of vegetation. In addition, the project team unexpectedly hit upon concrete foundations of the former pig stalls as there were no plans of the previous farm. They could, however, be reused as new foundations for the mounting system. Since then construction has been progressing rapidly: The solar plant has been connected to grid as scheduled and is now producing climate-friendly electricity.

For juwi Shizen Energy it is the third solar project on Kyushu island. The company's first project, a solar power plant with an installed capacity of one MW, already produces clean electricity for 300 local households.

juwi Shizen Energy also constructed utility scale roof top photovoltaic (PV) systems. In Kumamoto the company recently connected the rooftop PV plant "Bear 2" to the grid. The system consists of 4,088 solar modules and was erected within only four weeks. It has a capacity of one MW and produces one million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year; enough to supply 300 local households. The PV plant was built for the same investor who previously financed juwi Shizen's first solar project.

"Japan is a fantastic market for solar energy and our Japanese team has built great trust with local authorities, land owners and investors", says Amiram Roth-Deblon, juwi Regional Director Asia Pacific and Representative Director of juwi Shizen Energy. The country is currently dramatically expanding its renewable energy sector. Japan is aiming for 20 percent renewables in 2020. Therefore, the land of the rising sun has introduced the world's highest feed-in tariff for solar power. According to experts, Japan is now one of only five countries that have achieved 10 gigawatts of cumulative solar photovoltaic capacity. The country's PV market in Japan broke the 10 GW barrier in August of this year and reached 10.5 GW at the end of August. "juwi Shizen Energy has a well filled project pipeline und will make a huge contribution to Japan's transition towards a sustainable economy", Amiram Roth-Deblon continues.

About juwi Shizen Energy

juwi Shizen Energy is a joint venture between Shizen Energy Inc. and the juwi group. The joint venture was formed in January 2013. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Develops projects and offers EPC services in the field of solar and wind energy.

Shizen Energy Inc. was founded in 2011 and is based in Tokyo. The company's staff led by Ken Isono, CEO of Shizen Energy, is very experienced in developing renewable energy plants. In 2012, Shizen Energy Inc. has developed photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of 400 megawatt throughout Japan. Shizen Energy develops solar and wind power plants. Furthermore, it plays an active part as a consultant in the renewable energy business. The Japanese company has one big mission: Promoting renewable energies around the world to create a better world. Individuals as well as the industry should benefit from renewable energy power plants. Not only the construction of wind and solar parks but also the reduction of energy consumption is considered to be important.

Shizen and the juwi group share the same ideas. The German juwi group has one big goal: 100 percent of renewable energies worldwide. Its mission: Work together to implement renewable energies economically and reliably with passion. The company is one of the world's leading specialists for renewable energies and offers project development as well as products for the energy turnaround. juwi was founded in 1996. Today its headquarters are located in Wörrstadt in the southwest of Germany. In addition, the company is active worldwide operating in 17 countries.

Up to date, juwi has developed more than 100 wind farms with around 700 wind turbines and an output of around 1,400 megawatts. In the solar sector, more than 1,500 solar power plants with a total output of around 1,300 megawatts were realized. Combined, these plants generate approx. 5 billion kilowatt hours of green energy per year; that corresponds to the annual power consumption of approx. 1.4 million households, according to German standards. In the bio energy sector, juwi has realized numerous wood pellet production plants, biogas plants and heating networks with contracting solutions. juwi has initiated an investment of more than five billion Euro in the last 17 years for the realization of all these energy projects.