Hanwha Q Cells Building 2MW Solar Plant in Hokkaido

2014/06/23 20:13
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Hanwha Q Cells Japan Co Ltd (Minato Ward, Tokyo) announced June 13, 2014, that it will build a mega (large-scale) solar power plant with an output capacity of about 2MW in Aikoku, Kushiro City, Hokkaido, Japan, and sell electricity generated at the plant.

The plant, "Kushiro Aikoku Solar Power Plant" (tentative name), is expected to generate 2,500,000kWh of electricity per year. The construction of the plant began in April 2014, and it is scheduled to be completed in December 2014 or later.

Hanwha Q Cells Japan will install 7,860 solar panels manufactured by Hanwha SolarOne Co Ltd. For the construction, Hanwha Q Cells Japan proactively placed orders with firms based in Hokkaido to have close ties with the region. Kita Koudensha provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The PV inverter and mounting system of the plant are supplied by Fuji Electric Co Ltd and Sanshin Metal Working Co Ltd (Tadaoka-chou, Senboku-gun, Osaka Prefecture), respectively.

Hanwha Q Cells Japan, a Japanese subsidiary of Korea-based Hanwha Group, imports and sells solar panels. It launched a mega solar business based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, aiming to build about 100MW of solar power generation facilities every year and operate them. Also, the company uses those facilities to test solar panels manufactured by Hanwha SolarOne and promote sales of the panels.

Hanwha Q Cells Japan started operation of a 2MW solar power plant in Awa City, Tokushima Prefecture, in July 2013, and is constructing a plant with an output capacity of about 24MW in Kitsuki City, Oita Prefecture. Therefore, Kushiro Aikoku Solar Power Plant will be its third mega solar plant.

For the plant in Awa City, Fujisaki Electric Co Ltd provided EPC services, and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) and Clenergy supplied PV inverters and mounting systems, respectively. For the plant in Kitsuki City, Kyudenko Corp provided EPC services, and TMEIC and Hilti Corp supplied PV inverters and mounting systems, respectively.