Sonnedix Developing 36MW Solar Plant in Tottori
Hanwha Q Cells' solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter
Sonnedix Japan KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is developing a 36.4MW mega (large-scale) solar project in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
The name of the project is "Kurayoshi Mega Solar Project." Sonnedix Japan announced April 9, 2019, that it has received a loan of about ¥14.2 billion (approx US$127 million) through a project finance contract that the company concluded with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Ltd.
The mega solar plant is being built on the site of a former golf course. For the plant, about 100,000 solar panels (output: 345W each) of Hanwha Q Cells Co Ltd and 13 PV inverters of Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) were installed.
The plant is expected to generate 42,000MWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 12,000 households, per year. It is scheduled to start commercial operation in mid-2020. For the project, a notice to proceed was submitted to Maetel Construction Japan KK (construction subcontractor) in November 2018.
Sonnedix Japan manages about 250MW of solar projects (in operation or under construction) in which the Sonnedix group invested in Japan. And the total capacity is expected to exceed 500MW in a few years. The latest project is the third mega solar project that has started construction in the past 12 months.
Sonnedix Japan emphasizes that it is responding to the measures that the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy took against projects that have not started operation for a long time and making efforts to start construction and complete plants early, saying, "This means excellent capabilities to operate and manage projects that fall under the influence of new regulations that the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy announced at the end of 2018."
Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd owns more than 800MW of solar power plants in Italy, France, Spain, the US/Puerto Rico, Chile, South Africa and Japan and is currently developing more than 800MW of solar power plants (Sonnedix Develops 47MW Solar Plant on Former Golf Course in Nagano).