Japan’s largest solar power plant in Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Softbank Corp. is planning to build what would be Japan’s largest solar power plant in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, with an output capacity of at least 200,000 kilowatts, industry sources said Wednesday.

Softbank’s subsidiary SB Energy Corp. is planning the photovoltaic power plant, thought to be larger than many overseas plants if completed, before Japan introduces a system in July in which power companies are obliged to purchase electricity generated by other firms and households from renewable energy sources such as solar power.

The solar farm is being designed to have a maximum output capacity of 340,000 kw to cover some 100,000 households and SB Energy is negotiating with Hokkaido Electric Power Co. over electricity purchases through the so-called feed-in tariff system, according to the sources.

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