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SoftBank plans vast new Japan solar farm, batteries included

On-site storage addresses problem of inconsistent output

An existing SoftBank Group solar farm in Hokkaido, Japan.

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group plans to build another large solar power plant in northern Japan, this time equipped with ample battery storage to better integrate the renewable energy output into the local grid.

SoftBank unit SB Energy will work with Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance on the project in Abira, Hokkaido. Total costs are seen at around 20 billion yen ($179 million). Power production is to begin in fiscal 2020.

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