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Looop Completes PV System-equipped Resort Houses

Solar panels installed among trees

2019/05/20 18:43
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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Looop Inc (Taito-ku, Tokyo), which runs a solar power generation-related business, completed the "Soraterasu" natural symbiosis-type accommodation facility equipped with solar power generation facilities on the premises of the "Nasu Highland" resort house area in Nasu-machi, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, and had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the facility May 13, 2019.

On about 3,000m2 of sloping land facing south, there are four accommodation facilities and a garden. They are used not only as resort houses for the employees of Looop but also as rented villas through the management company of the Nasu Highland.

Solar panels were installed on the roofs of the four accommodation facilities and three carports, and 15 mounting systems and solar panel arrays were set up among trees in the garden.

Solar panels were installed on four accommodation facilities. (source: Nikkei BP)

The ceremony to celebrate the completion of the "Soraterasu" (From left, Tsuyoshi Yoshiwara (adviser for The Johnan Shinkin Bank), Former Prime Minister Jyunichiro Koizumi, Looop President Soichiro Nakamura and Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan) (source: Nikkei BP)

The solar power generation facilities consist of solar panels on the roofs and carports and 15 arrays in the garden, and they have a total output of about 200kW. Electricity generated is transmitted to four low-voltage power transmission lines, and all of the electricity is sold based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.

Under the 15 arrays, crops are grown, and swings, hammocks and barbecue facilities were installed. So, the site can be used as a recreational place for lodgers. Looop used transparent plastic for some parts of the arrays so that light passes through the panels to some extent.

It is possible to barbecue under the solar mounting systems. (source: Nikkei BP)

Hammocks were installed under the mounting systems. (source: Nikkei BP)

The site was originally an idled land from which the resort facilities of a company were removed, and Looop purchased it as a site for a power plant. Because it is located in the resort house area, there were restrictions on the designs of buildings and workpieces with consideration for scenery.

Therefore, the company had several negotiations with the management association of the resort house area. And it has been developing the site as a "natural symbiosis-type accommodation facility," for which solar panels were installed without cutting trees.