Work starts on Japan’s 100MW solar plant

By Leila Steed09 April 2021

No caption available

Energy firm Canadian Solar has started work on its 100MW Azuma Kofuji solar energy project in Japan.

The Ontario-based company, which manufactures solar photovoltaic modules and operates solar projects around the world, said the new solar plant would be one of the largest in Japan.

Financed by Nomura Capital Investment, the Azuma Kofuji facility will be built north of Tokyo on a 460-acre (1.86sq km2) site in the Fukushima Prefecture, at a cost of around JPY24.5 billion (US$230 million).

It will see the use of Canadian Solar’s high efficiency Hiku solar panel modules, which will produce enough clean energy to power around 30,000 households a year.

Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, said, “Up until recently, the Azuma Kofuji project site was an abandoned, non-productive farmland. Now, we are directly investing and creating local job opportunities during the construction of the project, reinvigorating the local economy in a region devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

“We have worked closely with local communities to ensure that clean, renewable energy from our solar plant creates lasting societal benefits. We are proud to take part in rebuilding economic and energy resilience in the Fukushima hometowns while supporting Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality ambitions.”

According to Canadian Solar, the energy generated by the facility will be bought by the Tohoku Electric Power Company. The utility firm provides power to over seven million customers across six prefectures in Japan’s Tōhoku region and the Niigata Prefecture.

Japan’s Azuma Kofuji plant, which is scheduled to become operational in early 2023, is one of four solar plants currently being built by Canadian Solar in the country.

Delivered directly to your inbox, World Construction Week Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
Longer Reads
Is electric equipment the answer?
Construction equipment is rapidly evolving to become greener and cleaner
Why ESG-linked loans are impacting construction finances
A way to help fight the climate crisis or a pile of greenwash? How ESG-linked loans are entering the corporate mainstream 
Meeting productivity demands: new compaction equipment
How new roadbuilding and compaction equipment is meeting productivity demands, while keeping emissions low
Andy Brown Editor, International Construction Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 224 E-mail:
Simon Kelly Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 223 E-mail: