RENOVA, Inc. has announced that Akita Yurihonjo Offshore Wind GK which is jointly owned by RENOVA, Cosmo Eco Power Co., Ltd., JR-EAST Energy Development Co., Ltd. and Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., has selected wind turbines developed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the wind farm being developed off the coast of Yurihonjo City in Akita Prefecture, Japan.
Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
The project is expected to have a power generating capacity of approximately 700 MW, making it one of the largest offshore wind farms in Japan.
AYOW is currently engaged in talks with local residents, fishermen and other local stakeholders, while at the same time holding consultations on how the wind farm will contribute to the local community, conducting environmental impact assessments and various other surveys, and examining technical specifications.
Yosuke Kiminami, founder and CEO of RENOVA said, “The Yurihonjo project will be a pioneer in the Japanese offshore wind market, and we recognize that the reliability of the wind turbines to be used is crucial. I am sure that the wind turbines developed by MHI Vestas, which commands one of the largest shares of the global offshore wind turbine, will be perfectly suited for our project.”
The project has been under development since 2015 and a project plan was drawn up based on the Second Phase of Akita Prefectural Strategy for New Energy Industries formulated by Akita Prefecture in 2016.
AYOW began wind condition measurements of the site in 2016 and commenced seabed ground surveys in the following year. In 2017, AYOW also began carrying out the procedures for environmental impact assessments and holding briefings to explain the project to local stakeholders.