Ciel Terre Japan Completes 2.5MW Floating Solar Plant in Mie

2018/02/21 21:14
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Institute
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"Tano-ike Solar Power Plant" with an output of about 2.5MW (source: Ciel Terre Japan)

Ciel Terre Japan KK (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) completed the construction of a solar power plant on the water surface of a pond in Mie Prefecture, Japan, in January 2018.

Ciel Terre Japan is a Japanese subsidiary of France-based Ciel&Terre International, a major manufacturer of floating mounting systems for installing solar panels on a water surface. Ciel Terre Japan started to sell electricity generated at the plant in January 2018 and will perform a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant in a few days.

The plant was built on Tano-ike (pond) in Hagino, Geinou-cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture. Ciel Terre Japan rented the pond from Hagino Resident's Association and floated solar power generation facilities.

The plant transmits 1.980MW of electricity to a power grid, and the total output of solar panels is 2.548MW. The power producer of the plant is a subsidiary of Ciel Terre Japan. Electricity generated at the plant is sold to Chubu Electric Power Co Inc at a price of ¥24/kWh (excluding tax) based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. The plant is expected to generate 2,270,700kWh of electricity per year.

Ciel Terre Japan was responsible for engineering and procurement. Super Tool Eco Co Ltd (Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture) and Toks Inc (Higashinari-ku, Osaka City) provided construction services. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd and Spain-based Power Electronics, respectively.

Ciel Terre Japan is engaged in the solar power generation business in addition to sale of floats and engineering services for floating solar power plants. As of February 2018, the company has supplied floats for about 132MW of solar power plants in Japan.

The new plant is Ciel Terre Japan's sixth solar power plant, following four plants in Tokushima Prefecture (See related article) and one plant in Nara Prefecture.