hep operates nine solar parks in Japan
hep business model can absorb worldwide effects of the coronavirus: Despite weeks of preventive measures, construction at solar park sites has been ongoing. This week, the German solar park company reports that its ninth solar park in Japan was grid-connected.
Solar park "Ayabe" is situated northwest of Kyōto. On an area of 3.3 hectares, the park has an installed capacity of 1.6 MWp. Project development, engineering and construction were carried out by hep.
The company's tenth park named "Kamigori" is expected to be finalized within this year and will have an installed capacity of 11.7 MWp.
Solar market Japan: Japan's government has signed the Paris Climate Agreement and intends to increase renewable energies' percentage of the overall electricity mix to 24 percent. According to the "Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies" in Tokyo, the percentage was at 17.4 percent in 2018 - surpassing the previous year's figure by one percentage point.
In its 2018 energy strategy, the government has declared photovoltaics to be the main source of energy for electricity production. In a worldwide comparison of total installed capacity, Japan ranks third behind China and the USA. In 2012, Japan's statutory feed-in remuneration - which was designed according to the German example - was reformed in order to prepare the Japanese market for future demands, and continue to expand photovoltaics efficiently.
hep in Japan: Two years after the dramatic nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima in 2011, hep opened a new market in Japan and founded a subsidiary with a Japanese project development team in Kobe. The first solar park in Ono, developed and constructed by hep, was finalized in 2017 with an installed capacity of 2.4 MWp. It was financed by German investors through an alternative investment funds. With solar park "Ayabe", hep is now able to announce the grid connection of its ninth solar park in Japan.