Renova moves forward with 75 MW Omaezakikou Biomass Project

By Erin Voegele | November 25, 2019

Japan-based Renova Inc. announced Nov. 19 it has made a final investment decision and reached financial close on a 75 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant located approximately 150 miles southwest of Tokyo in Omaezaki and Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The facility, referred to as the Omaezakikou Biomass Project, will be fueled with wood pellets and palm kernel shells. Renova said it will develop the project with three cosponsors, including Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc., Suzuyo Shoji Co. Ltd., and Mitsubishi Electric Credit Corp. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in April 2021, with plant operations scheduled to commence in July 2023.

A statement released by Renova indicates the company has developed several other biomass energy projects, including the Akita Biomass Project, a 20.5 MW facility that began operations in mid-2016. In addition, the Kanda Biomass and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass Projects are under construction.

Additional information is available on the Renova website.