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German-style Solar Plant Debuts in Kumamoto (page 2)

2014/01/19 08:16
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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In fact, no one wanted to use the land, which would require large-scale development for use as a housing area because of the concrete foundations left from the former pig farming facility.

As the landowners agreed to the project, major local companies to finance the project and run the power selling business were also selected. The next issue was how to install a highly reliable solar power generation system at a low cost on the ground left with the old concrete foundations.

juwi Shizen Energy Inc (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo), which provided the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) service, tackled this challenge. juwi Shizen Energy is a joint venture formed in January 2013 by Shizen Energy and the world's leading EPC service company juwi AG of Germany. Manager Kasama also serves as a project manager at juwi Shizen Energy and controlled the EPC of Ozu Solar Power Plant.

"As for each practical task regarding engineering, procurement and construction, three foreign engineers who were dispatched from juwi and stayed in Japan took the initiative, leveraging their knowledge about mega-solar power plant construction accumulated overseas," he said.

Quiet TMEIC PV inverters employed

juwi boasts the world's largest business in the market of EPC services for reusable energy power plants, having been engaged in about 1,500 projects or 1,250MW-equivalent solar power plants across the world. Its employees number approximately 1,800, and its sales reached roughly 1 billion euro (¥100 billion) in 2012.

"juwi assesses facility equipment in its proprietary duration tests before use and only procures products from specific manufacturers," Manager Kasama said. "Moreover, it even checks their quality management system, regularly inspecting the manufacturers' plants."

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