Orix Facilities Receive Orders for Construction, O&M of 1.3MW Solar Plant

2014/07/02 18:44
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Orix Facilities Corp announced that it has received orders for the construction and O&M (operation and maintenance) of a 1.3MW solar power plant to be built in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Orix Facilities (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) is a company that is responsible for the complex management business of the Daikyo group. The mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Takatsuki Solar Power Plant," will be built on the site of the former Takatsuki Driving School. The construction of the plant started in April 2014, and it is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. Orix Facilities will provide O&M services for the plant for 20 years (from September 2014 to August 2034).

Moribeikoku (Saga City), which makes rice crackers and materials for brewing, will run the plant for commercial purposes as part of its effort to diversify its business. It will be the first solar power plant with an output capacity of 1MW or higher in Nagahama City. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plants are products of Sanix Inc and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC).

Prior the completion of the plant, Moribeikoku and the government of Nagahama City concluded a "community support agreement" in the city office June 2, 2014, and confirmed mutual cooperation in the smooth promotion of the mega solar business. According to the agreement, electricity will be provided to the city for free at the time of disaster to charge information and communication equipment, etc, and the plant will be used for environmental education for children.

Orix Facilities also attended the signing ceremony as the constructor of the plant.

Thus far, Orix Facilities has received orders for the installation of 47 solar power generation systems and the O&M of 74 systems across Japan. Also, the company is receiving an increasing number of orders related to 1MW or higher-capacity solar power plants, especially orders for O&M services.