Orix to Construct 51MW Solar Plant on Former Golf Course Site

2014/06/07 15:51
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute

Orix Corp will build a mega (large-scale) solar power plant that has a direct-current output of about 51MW on the site of a former golf course in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

It will be one of the largest-scale solar power plants built on a former golf course in Japan. The announcement was made June 4, 2014.

Tsu City is located in a region where the amount of solar irradiation is larger than in most of the other areas in Japan and, thus, suited for solar power generation business, Orix said.

Orix will start power generation at the plant in May 2016, expecting to generate 59,824,400kWh of electricity in the first year, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by about 16,620 households.

The construction site (about 1,195,860m2) is the former "Toshin Lake Wood Golf Club," which closed in January 2014. On the site, 204,120 panels manufactured by Toshiba Corp will be installed, realizing an output capacity of 51.03MW. After conversion to alternating-current electricity, 42MW of electricity will be transmitted to a power grid.

Toenec Corp, an electrical equipment manufacturer affiliated with Chubu Electric Power Co Inc, will design and construct the plant. And Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) will provide PV inverters.