juwi Shizen Energy Installs 1.5MW Solar Plant on Former Ski Site

2014/08/10 00:07
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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juwi Shizen Energy Inc announced Aug 6, 2014, that it has started power generation at a 1.54MW solar power plant in Ikawa-machi, Akita Prefecture, Japan.

juwi Shizen Energy (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) is a Germany-based firm that provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction services) for solar power generation systems. The mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Ikawa-machi Akazawa-yama Solar Power Plant," was completed July 17, 2014, on the site of a former ski area that was run by the government of Ikawa-machi.

The plant was built in the aim of effectively using the former ski area owned by the government and Akazawa-yama Forest Owners' Cooperative. The solar power generation system was installed on a gentle slope of the area.

Shizen Energy Inc (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) developed the project, and the power producer is Inspire Co Ltd (Akita City, Akita Prefecture). The plant is expected to generate about 1,645MWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by about 490 households.

juwi Shizen Energy provided EPC services for the plant. The solar panel, PV inverter and mounting system employed for the plant are supplied by BYD Co Ltd, SMA Solar Technology AG and Schletter GmbH, respectively.

For building the mega solar plant on the former ski site, juwi Shizen Energy took special measures to install solar panels on the slope. Also, because a large amount of snow accumulates in winter, the company minimized the influence of snow accumulation by changing the angle of solar panels and the height of the mounting systems.

Furthermore, juwi Shizen Energy aims to realize a high utilization rate throughout the year by using the EPC technologies that fully make use of a large amount of solar irradiation in summer.