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Ichigo Eco Energy Starts Up 2.3MW Solar Plant in Aomori

2016/10/18 15:15
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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"Ichigo Hamanaka Bokujyo Kajibayashi Eco Power Plant" (source: Ichigo)

Ichigo Inc announced Oct 17, 2016, that Ichigo Eco Energy Co Ltd has started operation of a mega (large-scale) solar power plant in Shichinohe-machi, Kamikita-gun, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Ichigo Eco Energy (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) is a subsidiary of Ichigo, which provides asset management services related to real estate, solar power generation facilities, etc.

The total capacity of solar panels installed at the plant, "Ichigo Hamanaka Bokujyo Kajibayashi Eco Power Plant," is about 2.31MW. On 33,859m2 of land, 9,436 solar panels were set up. The plant is expected to generate about 2,678,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 740 households, per year.

Ichigo Eco Energy rented a former pastureland whose land category had been converted by its owner. Nippon Densetsu Kogyo Co Ltd provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Kyocera Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.

As measures against snow cover, the height of the lowest part of solar panels was set at 1m from the ground, and the installation angle of the panels was set at 30°.

With the new plant, as of Oct 17, 2016, Ichigo Eco Energy owns 31 solar power plants (total output: about 51MW) in operation. Also, when projects that have been decided to be developed are included, the company has thus far dealt with 37 solar power plants with a total output of about 116MW.