JAG Energy Starts Construction of 13MW Solar Plant in Kanagawa

2014/03/28 17:50
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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JAG Energy Co Ltd announced March 25, 2014, that it has started the construction of a mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant with an output capacity of about 13MW in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

JAG Energy (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) is affiliated with Japan Asia Group Ltd. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant, "Ashigara Oi Solar Way," are manufactured by Toshiba Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. Toko Electrical Construction Co Ltd will provide EPC (engineering, procurement and construction).

For the preparation of the mega-solar power plant, JAG Energy formed an alliance with the governments of Kanagawa Prefecture and Oi-machi (Kanagawa Prefecture). The prefecture and Oi-machi have been promoting the introduction of renewable energy-based power generation facilities especially solar plants in accordance with "Kanagawa Smart Energy Project" and "Oi Kirameki Plan," respectively.

For the construction of Ashigara Oi Solar Way, JAG Energy acquired the site of the former laboratory of Komatsu Ltd in Shinokubo, Oi-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The plant will generate the amount of electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by about 3,640 households per year. It will be built at a high altitude and receive a large amount of solar light, ensuring stable power generation, JAG Energy said.

In its renewable energy business, Japan Asia Group has been focusing on development based on regional characteristics and association with local residents. At Ashigara Oi Solar Way, the company plans to promote environmental education, active involvement in regional activities, anti-disaster measures in the region, etc under the theme of "Infrastructure, Environment and Energy" as a partner of the governments.