Toshiba unit to supply 46 onshore wind turbines in Fukushima
With GE-made windmills, farm will be Japan’s biggest, providing for 120,000 homes
Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions on Monday announced that it had received an order for 46 wind turbines for an onshore wind farm to be built in the eastern part of Fukushima prefecture.
The farm is expected to generate 147,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough to provide for 120,000 households, making it the largest such facility in Japan. Industrial conglomerate Toshiba, parent of the energy systems company, aims to strengthen its wind power operation amid growing calls to cut carbon emissions.
The wind farm will be built in Fukushima’s Abukuma region. A joint venture, backed by nine companies and institutions including Sumitomo Corp., broke ground on April 1, with the aim of completing construction by spring of 2025. The order was made by the joint venture and the project will be subsidized by Fukushima prefecture, although its value has not been disclosed.
Toshiba will be supplying the windmills, that will be made and installed by General Electric of the U.S. Toshiba will be responsible for their operation and maintenance for 20 years.
Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin from November 2023. Toshiba and GE announced a partnership in wind power operation in May 2021.