A rendered image of the plant (source: Pacifico Energy)
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Pacifico Energy KK announced Oct 16, 2017, that it has started construction of a 62MW (solar panel capacity) solar power plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Pacifico Energy (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is a company that develops and runs mega (large-scale) solar power plants. The plant will transmit 41.25MW of electricity to a power grid.

The plant will be built on a former mountain forest in Toyota City. It is scheduled to start operations in December 2019. About 70ha of land will be developed, and 22ha of the land will be secured as a green space to build a balancing reservoir.

Pacifico Energy is responsible for the development and construction of the plant and management after the completion of the plant. The names of the investors in the SPC (special purpose company) that is the power producer of the plant have not been disclosed yet. Chiyoda Corp provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The construction period is expected to be 26 months.

For the plant, about 180,000 solar panels manufactured by Sharp Corp and 12 PV inverters manufactured by Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) will be introduced.

After the start of operation, the plant is expected to generate about 74,000,000kWh of electricity per year, having an effect of reducing CO2 emissions by 40,000t per year. All the electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Chubu Electric Power Co Inc.

Pacifico Energy has already constructed two and one mega solar plants in Okayama and Miyagi prefectures, respectively, and started commercial operation of 130MW of solar power plants (See related article 1, 2). Also, it has started to build 96MW, 257MW and 42MW solar power plants in Miyazaki, Okayama and Fukushima prefectures, respectively. Including the project in Toyota City, the total solar panel capacity of solar power plants that the company is currently building is more than 450MW.