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Kyowa Exeo Builds 2.6MW Solar Plant in Chiba

Sharp's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2016/11/18 11:02
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Solar panels installed with consideration for seven ancient tombs (source: Kyowa Exeo)
The ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant (source: Kyowa Exeo)

Kyowa Exeo Corp announced Nov 17, 2016, that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of about 2.6MW in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Kyowa Exeo is a company that deals with electrical communication-related infrastructures in the fields of telecommunications, etc. The mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Kyowa Exeo Togane Solar Farm," is the largest-scale solar power plant of the Kyowa Exeo group. Kyowa Exeo had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant Nov 16, 2016.

Kyowa Exeo rented about 43,000m2 of land in Komemae, Gokurakuji, Togane City, Chiba Prefecture, and installed solar power generation facilities.

There are seven ancient tombs scattered on the premises of the plant. Kyowa Exeo surrounded each of them with fences and did not set up power generation facilities near them to protect the cultural assets. Specifically, the company installed 9,840 solar panels in areas where there is no ancient tomb.

Also, as a weeding measure, Kyowa Exeo employed a mat using Dichondra, a shade-tolerant perennial plant.

The power plant is expected to generate about 2,706,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 550 households, per year.

Kyowa Exeo and Exeo Infra Co Ltd (Ota-ku, Tokyo), a subsidiary of Kyowa Exeo, provided engineering and construction services. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Sharp Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.

The mega solar plant in Togane City is the 14th solar power plant that Kyowa Exeo has started to operate. In Chiba Prefecture, it is the second solar power plant at which the company has started to sell electricity, following a power plant in Minamiboso City.