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Pacifico Energy Starts Up 42MW Solar Plant in Okayama

Yingli's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2016/10/13 11:01
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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The plant was built on the site of a former golf course. (source: Pacifico Energy)

The "Pacifico Energy Mimasaka Musashi Mega Solar" solar power plant with an output of about 42MW started commercial operation in Mimasaka City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, in early July 2016.

A ceremony took place for the plant Sept 28, 2016. On the site of a former golf course, 42MW of solar panels were installed, and the plant transmits 30.2MW of electricity to a power grid.

Pacifico Energy KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is responsible for the development and operation of the plant. The power producer of the plant is Pacifico Energy Mimasaka Musashi LLC (limited liability company), an SPC (special purpose company) financed by Virginia Solar Group (parent company of Pacifico Energy) and GE Energy Financial Services.

Toyo Engineering Corp provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The solar panel employed for the plant is a product of Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd. Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) supplied PV inverters and transformer station-related equipment. Electricity generated at the plant is sold to The Chugoku Electric Power Co Inc.

GE Energy Financial Services and Virginia Solar Group collaborated in three mega solar projects in Japan, including the project in Mimasaka City. And they started operation of a 32MW solar power plant in Kumenan-chou, Okayama Prefecture, in March 2016 (See related article).