Japanese SoftBank to Fund Ibaraki OWF

Japanese SoftBank to Fund Ibaraki OWF

SB Energy Corp., a subsidiary of Japanese SoftBank Corp. focused on renewable energy development, intends to invest in an offshore wind farm to be built off the Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.

The wind farm is being developed by Japanese wind energy company Wind Power Energy Co., which proposes an initial 90MW offshore wind farm to be installed, and another 35MW to be added later on. Two years ago, the plan was to build a 250MW offshore wind farm together with Marubeni Corp., however, the companies later agreed to separately build two adjacent projects on that location, Bloomberg writes.

The research work, which needs to be undertaken prior to the construction phase, will be funded jointly by the Japanese Government and SB Energy. The research costs amount to JPY 2 billion (USD 19.3 million), and the Government will allocate JPY 500 million (USD 4.8 million).

At the end of last year, Hitachi also said that it will install a 5MW prototype of an offshore wind turbine off the Ibaraki prefecture. Its HTW5.0-126 offshore wind turbine is scheduled to be operational by the middle of 2014.

Offshore WIND Staff, April 4, 2014; Image: Siemens