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Renewable Japan Begins Construction of 7.5MW Solar Plant in Kagoshima

Solar Frontier's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2018/10/12 16:24
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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A ceremony to pray for safe construction of the plant (source: Renewable Japan)

Renewable Japan Co Ltd (Minato-ku, Tokyo), a renewable energy-related power producer, started to build a solar power plant with a total solar panel capacity of about 7.54992MW and a grid capacity of 5.97MW in Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

Renewable Japan will install solar power generation facilities by renting 12.2ha of private land in Kamimyo, Nodacho, Izumi City. The land was formerly mountain forest. The company had a ground-breaking ceremony for the mega (large-scale) solar power plant Sept 20, 2018.

The power producer of the plant is Izumi Noda LLC (SPC: special purpose company). It was invested in only by Renewable Japan. The construction cost is about ¥2.6 billion (approx US$23 million). The plant is expected to generate 8,745,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 2,000 households, per year.

The plant is scheduled to start to sell electricity in March 2020. Electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc at a price of ¥36/kWh (excluding tax) based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) policy.

Kaei Densetsu KK (Kanoya City, Kagoshima Prefecture), a construction company affiliated with the Kyudenko group, provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the plant. Renewable Japan is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) services for the plant.

The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Solar Frontier KK and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.