Pacifico Energy Begins Construction of 42MW Solar Plant in Fukushima

Trina Solar's solar panel, Toyo Engineering's EPC services

2017/09/13 15:17
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Institute
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A rendered image of the solar power plant (source: Pacifico Energy)

Pacifico Energy KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo), which develops solar power plants, announced Sept 7, 2017, that it will start to construct a 42MW solar power plant in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

The total output of solar panels to be installed for the mega (large-scale) solar power plant is 42MW, and the plant will transmit 25MW of power to a power grid. The power producer of the plant is Pacifico Energy Iwate LLC (SPC: special purpose company). The names of the investors in the SPC have not been disclosed yet.

The plant will be built on about 50ha of mountainous forest land in Iwaki City. It is scheduled to start operations in August 2019. The construction period is 23 months. After completion of the plant, it is expected to generate about 48,000,000kWh of electricity per year. Electricity generated at the plant is sold to Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.

Toyo Engineering Corp provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. And TAG O&M Service Co Ltd, which is affiliated with Toyo Engineering, will be responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) after the completion of the plant.

Trina Solar Ltd supplies solar panels for the plant. The name of the manufacturer of the PV inverter employed for the plant has not been disclosed.

Pacifico Energy developed mega solar plants in Kumenan-cho and Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture, and Furukawa City, Miyagi Prefecture, and they have already started commercial operation (See related article 1, 2). Currently, the company is building 96MW and 257MW (solar panel capacity) solar power plants in Miyazaki City and Mimasaka City, respectively.

Toyo Engineering is developing large-scale solar projects such as 235MW and 96MW projects in Setouchi City (Okayama Prefecture) and Miyazaki City, respectively. And it has so far provided EPC services for more than 500MW of mega solar plants including the 235MW and 96MW projects.