Mega Solar Power Generation Project in the Kawasaki Waterfront District

Kawasaki City (Mayor Takao Abe) and the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu) today signed a basic agreement that provides for the implementation, including construction details and the operation period, of a mega solar project in the
Ukishima and Ohgishima districts in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa. The two parties agreed on October 20, 2008, to jointly carry out the project aimed at constructing solar power plants with a total output of about 20,000 kW, and have been continuing discussion.

This basic agreement mainly stipulates the following.
· The project will be implemented jointly by Kawasaki City and TEPCO.
· Kawasaki City will publicize solar power generation through the project, as well as provide part of the land to build solar power plants.
· TEPCO will undertake the construction and operation of solar power plants.
· The project will run for a period of 18 years from the date of start of the commercial operation of the Ukishima Solar Power Plant.

With a total output of approximately 20,000 kW, the planned solar power plants are expected to produce about 21 million kWh annually, which is equivalent to the annual electricity usage of about 5,900 households. The project is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8,900 tons a year, which is equivalent to annual carbon dioxide emissions from approximately 1,700 households.

Kawasaki City is taking anti-global warming measures under the "Carbon Challenge Kawasaki Eco-Strategy." The city government is trying to play the leading role in creating a low-carbon society, through activities such as installing solar power systems in public facilities and subsidizing the installation of residential solar power systems.

Using this project as a powerful driving force, Kawasaki City will further the efforts to introduce, promote and demonstrate solar power generation and other renewable energy sources.

Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said that it has agreed to work with Hokkaido Electric Power Co on a project to assess the viability of wind energy.

TEPCO, Asia’s top utility, has also agreed to a similar project with Tohoku Electric Power Co. TEPCO and Hokkaido Electric aim to install wind energy facilities with generating capacities of 100-200 megawatts on northern island of Hokkaido in 2014/15 to analyse the impact of expanding wind power capacity.

TEPCO aims to increase the use of nonfossil energy sources as a means to create a low-carbon society. With this goal in mind, TEPCO will continue to support the spread of wind power and solar power generation through various activities and will strive to build mega solar power plants, including those jointly planned with municipal governments.