ProLogis Builds 1-MW Solar PV System in Japan

ProLogis, an owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities, announced that it will install its first solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Japan.

ProLogis will install a one-megawatt (MW) PV system at ProLogis Parc Zama I, a five-story distribution facility totaling more than 1.2 million square feet (113,000 square meters). The park is located in the city of Zama, a logistics hub in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. The PV system is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2009.

“We are thrilled to announce our first solar installation in Japan, leading the way for future projects in the country,” said Robert Watson, ProLogis’ chief sustainability officer. “ProLogis is committed to implementing enough renewable energy systems to obtain a combined generation capacity of over 25 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year by 2010; this project will certainly help us achieve that goal.”

Once operating, the PV system is estimated to generate approximately 1,000,000 kWh per year. ProLogis currently has a total of approximately 6.1 MW of PV projects completed or under development worldwide. To date, the company has signed two rooftop leases in the United States totaling more than 800,000 square feet to power two separate PV installations — a 2.4 MW installation with Southern California Edison and a 1.1 MW installation with Portland General Electric.

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