Country's biggest plant under construction

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Construction of a 30.6 MW wind farm-the largest in Japan with the largest single wind turbines-is expected to start this month in Tomamae on the main island of Hokkaido. The project consists of 14 Vestas 1.65 MW units and five Enercon 1.5 MW turbines, reports developer Dream-Up Tomamae Co Ltd. Until now, the country's largest wind technology has been a 1 MW unit from Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Co and a project under construction that includes 20, 1 MW machines from Bonus of Denmark. Dream-Up Tomamae Co Ltd had originally considered using 1 MW turbines but was swayed to use larger machines after noticing their increased use in Europe and the promise of greater profitability. The electricity will be sold to local utility Hokkaido Electric Power Co and a power purchase agreement is already in place. Dream-Up Tomamae Co Ltd is a joint venture between Tomamae town, semi-governmental body Electric Power Development Co (Dengen Kaihatsu), Japan's biggest leasing company Orix Ltd, and Orix subsidiary Kanamoto.

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