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hep Starts Construc­tion Work on Major Project in Japan

22. November 2021

Five US Solar Projects About to be Connected to the Grid

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hep’s successful inter­na­tional solar project deve­lo­p­ment conti­nues. Further important mile­stones were reached in Japan as well as in the USA.

Japa­nese Solar Project About to Enter Construc­tion Phase
For the imple­men­ta­tion of a 12 mega­watt peak (MWp) solar project in Chiba Prefec­ture, the autho­rity had to approve the forest deve­lo­p­ment plan. This was approved at the Forestry Committee meeting in October. Approval for forest deve­lo­p­ment will be granted in November 2021. The start of ground prepa­ra­tion is sche­duled for the end of November. The anti­ci­pated grid connec­tion is set for the second quarter of 2023.

The Forestry Committee has approved the imple­men­ta­tion of a 13 MWp solar project in Chiba Prefec­ture in October 2021. Ground prepa­ra­tion is sche­duled to begin this year. Grid connec­tion is expected in the second quarter of 2023.

With the now eleventh park built by hep itself in Japan, the total installed capa­city there incre­ases from 27 MWp to 40 MWp. hep has been repre­sented in the Land of the Rising Sun since 2013 and has two own offices in Kobe and Tokyo.

Five U.S. Projects Close to Grid Connec­tion
In addi­tion, the construc­tion of the U.S. projects conti­nues to progress. The first solar park was mecha­ni­cally completed in July 2021. Four further solar parks followed in August 2021. Before the commer­cial commis­sio­ning, a test phase takes place in order to fully connect the solar parks to the grid.

Exten­sive Port­folio of hep Curr­ently Under Construc­tion in the United States
The port­folio of seven commu­nity solar projects was acquired by hep at an early stage of deve­lo­p­ment in late 2020 and deve­loped with project deve­lo­p­ment partner Solops. Now, all seven projects are under construc­tion. The plan is to complete three of them by the end of 2021. Comple­tion of the remai­ning four solar parks is sche­duled for early 2022.

With around 21 MWp, this is the largest port­folio to date for which hep is carrying out project deve­lo­p­ment and construc­tion from a single source with its holistic approach.

The construc­tion and subse­quent opera­tion of the seven projects will be carried out by hep Petra, a solar company in which hep has held a majo­rity stake since July 2020.