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Japan Asia Group to Build 26MW Solar Plant in Miyagi

Toshiba's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2016/11/10 13:23
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei CleanTech Institute
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A rendered image of "Natori Solar Way" (source: Japan Asia Group)

Japan Asia Group Ltd announced Nov 7, 2016, that it has started to build a solar power plant with an output of about 26.3MW in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

The power producer of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Natori Solar Way," is an association of JAG Energy Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) and Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which are affiliated with Japan Asia Group.

The plant will be built on the site of former Miyagi Prefecture Agricultural High School. The school was damaged by a tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the school buildings became unusable. The school is scheduled to be relocated.

The government of Miyagi Prefecture selected the association in a public call for a power producer for the mega solar project using the site of the former school. The association concluded an agreement on the project with the prefecture and Natori City and, since then, had been preparing for it.

The total capacity of solar panels to be installed for the plant is about 26.3MW, and the amount of electricity generated at the plant is expected to be equivalent to the amount consumed by 7,700 households. Based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, all the electricity generated at the plant will be sold to Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc. The plant is scheduled to be completed in March 2018.

Toko Electrical Construction Co Ltd provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the plant. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Toshiba Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. JAG Energy Asset Management Co Ltd will provide O&M (operation and maintenance) services after the completion of the plant.

Japan Asia Group aims to contribute to the reconstruction of the Tohoku region by offering environmental education, participating in community activities and providing anti-disaster measures for the region as the entire group, the company said.