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Kokusai Kogyo Sets Up 1.5MW Solar Plant in Hokkaido

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

2016/11/02 14:51
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"Muroran Solar Way" in operation (source: Japan Asia Group)

Japan Asia Group Ltd announced Oct 21, 2016, that Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd has completed a 1.462MW solar power plant in Muroran City, Hokkaido, Japan.

Kokusai Kogyo (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which is affiliated with Japan Asia Group, built the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Muroran Solar Way," by renting about 40,000m2 of unused private land. It sells all the electricity generated at the plant to Hokkaido Electric Power Co Inc (HEPCO).

NEC Networks & System Integration Corp provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Canadian Solar Japan KK and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. JAG Energy Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which is affiliated with Japan Asia Group, is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) after the start of operation.

As a measure against snow cover, the angle of solar panel was set at 30°, and the height of each panel's lowest part was set at 90cm from the ground. Also, Kokusai Kogyo installed a 10kW stand-alone PV inverter and emergency power outlets so that a power source is available to local residents, etc even when a commercial power grid goes down at the time of disaster.

In the aim of contributing to the local economy, Kokusai Kogyo plans to entrust part of weeding, snow removal and maintenance in addition to construction work to local companies and offer environmental education, etc in consultation with Muroran City.