Thai Firm to Begin Construction of 32MW Solar Plant in Nagano
Trina Solar's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter
BCPG Japan Corp (Minato-ku, Tokyo), a Thailand-based firm that develops and operates solar power plants, will build a solar power plant with an output of about 32MW in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
The plant will be built on land that was formerly used as a golf course called "Komagane Country" in Nakazawa, Komagane City.
BCPG Japan will seemingly install power generation facilities in areas where land was reclaimed at the time of developing the golf course. Specifically, as in the case of many other mega (large-scale) solar power plants using former golf courses, solar panels will be set up mainly on fairways, putting greens and clubhouses. Also, the company will use other facilities that were used for the golf course such as drainage facilities.
The plant is scheduled to be connected to an extra-high-voltage power transmission line of Chubu Electric Power Co Inc by laying a private line with a route including a downtown. The private line is planned to be laid by using mainly public roads, and most of it will be buried in the ground.
Partly because the private line will run through the downtown, BCPG Japan had meetings with local residents in neighboring areas in Komagane City to explain the project. This time, the company gained almost full approval from the residents and started to finalize the plan with an eye to starting construction. In the meetings with local residents, the company announced that it aims to start construction in the summer of 2018.
SunEdison Japan Corp, which is the predecessor of BCPG Japan, started the development of the mega solar plant in Komagane City. After that, BCPG Public Company Ltd, which develops renewable energy and is affiliated with the Bangchak Petroleum group (a Thailand-based major petroleum company), acquired SunEdison Japan and took over its projects in operation and under development. The project in Komagane City is one of such projects.
Electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Chubu Electric Power at a price of ¥36/kWh (excluding tax). BCPG Japan plans to employ Trina Solar Ltd's solar panel and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverter.
BCPG Japan owns six solar power plants in operation (total output: about 40MW). They include a plant with an output about 14.38MW in Nagi-cho, Katsuta-gun, Okayama Prefecture (See related article 1), and a plant with an output of about 13MW in Nikaho City, Akita Prefecture (See related article 2).
Including the plant in Komagane City, BCPG Japan is building/preparing for three plants (total output: 64MW). And the company is currently developing more than 150MW of solar projects.