The facility, a collaboration between JERA and renewable energy developer Green Power Investment Corp (GPI), commenced commercial operations on January 1. GPI, formerly affiliated with US developer Pattern Energy Group LP, was acquired by JERA and NTT Anode Energy Corp in the previous year.
Distinguished as Japan's inaugural wind park utilizing 8-MW turbines, the Ishikari Bay New Port wind farm features 14 such turbines supplied by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Notably, the project incorporates 180 MWh of battery storage capacity at the transformer substation.
Under a 20-year agreement, Hokkaido Electric Power Network Inc will purchase the entire output of the wind farm. The offshore construction was managed by a joint venture between Shimizu Corporation and Nippon Steel Engineering Co Ltd, while Kajima Corp handled the onshore work.
This milestone comes on the heels of JERA's success in Japan's second offshore wind tender, where a consortium led by the company emerged as one of the winners.