Hydroelectric power makes use of the difference in elevation of rivers to produce electricity by harnessing the potential energy. This renewable energy source has long been widely used in Japan, where there are abundant water sources and many swift-flowing rivers. Since our establishment, Renewable Japan has been developing renewable energy business with a focus on solar power. To ensure a stable supply of electricity, as a part of our efforts to diversify the power sources, we acquired Akashiba Hydroelectric Power Plant in Yamagata Prefecture in Feb. 2021, and started hydroelectric power generation business.
The waterwheel is turned by using the potential energy of water in high places.A generator converts the kinetic energy generated by turning the waterwheel into electricity.
The Akashiba Power Station is situated in Nishiokitama County, Yamagata and was constructed in 1954 as the first dam owned by the private sector in Yamagata. With abundant water from the Arakawa River (first-class river) system, electricity is supplied stably to local factories throughout the year and is consumed in this area, forming an important power source that enables local production for local consumption.