Ichigo Group to build solar power plant in Nago

March 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Real estate management company Ichigo Group Holdings will construct an eight-megawatt solar power plant on what used to be the Yukari Farm in Futami, Nago.
This will be the biggest solar plant in Okinawa, and the largest owned by the company in Japan. Ichigo Group Holdings is known for employing Hiromi Miyake, the silver medalist in the women’s 48-kilogram division of the weightlifting at the London Olympics.

On March 7, Nago Municipal Office entered into a contract with Ichigo ECO Nago Futami Power Plant to lease its land for the mega-solar power plant. According to the municipal office, the Ichigo Group will start surveying and construction from this April and commence business operations from April 2014. Ichigo Group Holdings has already established a contract with the Okinawa Electric Power Company to sell the electricity that is generated.

According to the contract, 152500 square meters of municipal land will be leased to Ichigo Group Holdings for 305 million yen per year. The first contract period is expected to be about one year, and they have to then extend the contract for 20 years when the company actual starts business.

In November 2012, the Ichigo Group set up an ecology-related business company called Ichigo ECO Energy and became involved in the mega solar business. A municipal official said, “Our policy is to promote natural energy and the Ichigo Group’s idea fits in with this, so we want to push ahead with the plan.”

The municipal office and Ichigo Group will announce the business plan officially at a later date.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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