Northland, Shizen Launch Chibu Offshore JV

Early Stage Offshore Projects in Japan

Wind power developers Northland Power and Shizen Energy have launched a new joint venture to build early stage offshore wind projects in Japan.

The newly established venture, Chiba Offshore Wind, aims to develop projects with a combined capacity of 600 megawatts with an initial focus on Chiba Prefecture, in Tokyo's eastern outskirts and the rural Bōsō Peninsula.

“We are excited to partner on this joint venture with Shizen Energy, which marks Northland’s entry into the burgeoning Japanese offshore wind industry,” said Mike Crawley, CEO of Northland.

Decades Experience
The new partnership will build on Northland Power’s experience as a global owner and operator of infrastructure assets as well as Shizen Energy’s history as a service provider in the Japanese solar, wind, small hydroelectric, and renewable sectors.
“With Shizen Energy’s strong track record of developing and constructing renewable projects in Japan, and Northland’s success developing, constructing and operating offshore wind farms globally, we view this agreement as an excellent opportunity to combine the strengths of the two companies to achieve something great,” Crawley said.
To date, Shizen Energy has contributed to the development of about 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in Japan and earlier this year, completed the construction of its first overseas solar power plant in Brazil.

Blue Planet Vision
Chiba Offshore Wind will be owned equally by the two partners and engaged with a mission to promote Shizen Energy’s “blue planet” strategy.

“‘Taking action for the blue planet’ is our company’s foremost priority, and we hope to pass the blue planet on to the future generations … We strongly believe that our partnership with Northland will allow us to put that vision into action and bring us a step closer to making a positive impact on the future of our blue planet,” said Masaya Hasegawa, Shizen Energy’s representative director.
Founded in 2011, Shizen Energy is headquartered in Fukuoka City, Japan. Northland is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and founded in 1987, now owning 2.4 gigawatts of generating capacity.