13MW Solar Plant Built on Former Golf Course in Hokkaido

Kyocera's solar panel; TMEIC's PV inverter, transformer facilities

2016/10/29 16:05
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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"Agrisolar Abira" started operations in September 2016. (source: NikkeiBP)
A ribbon-cutting event at the ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant (source: NikkeiBP)
Kyocera's solar panel and TMEIC's PV inverter were employed. (source: NikkeiBP)

A ceremony to celebrate the completion of a solar power plant with an output of about 13MW was performed in Abira-cho, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, Japan, Oct 27, 2016.

Passport Ltd (Kawasaki City), which sells alcoholic beverages and food and deals with solar power generation systems, developed and runs the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Agrisolar Abira." On the site of a former golf course, about 50,000 solar panels were installed. The plant was completed in September 2016 and sells electricity to Hokkaido Electric Power Co Inc.

More than 50 people including Takashi Taki, mayor of Abira-cho (town), attended the ceremony.

"Abira-cho suffers from less snow cover and disasters than other regions of Hokkaido and is suited for solar power generation," he said. "It is very significant for the town that electricity can be generated from the abandoned golf course."

The project site is located in Hayakitakita-machi, Abira-cho, and the plant was built by using 180,000m2 of land that was formerly used as the "Union Jack Country Club" golf course, which was closed five years ago. A clubhouse was broken down, and the land around it was reclaimed. Also, solar panels were arranged on relatively flat fairways of the 18 holes of the golf course. The total capacity of solar panels is 13.502MW, and the plant transmits 12MW of electricity to a power grid.