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Osaka City Leases Rooftops of Municipal Schools for Solar Power Generation

2017/11/23 20:10
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The government of Osaka City will start to lease the rooftops of municipal elementary and junior high schools for solar power generation.

The government announced business operators that will install 14MW of solar panels in total on the roofs of 397 schools Nov 10, 2017. It adopted a joint proposal of RNH Solar Nishi Nihon GK, Shibata Kogyo Co Ltd, Hanwha Q Cells Japan Co Ltd and Rakuten Inc.

The official name of the project of leasing rooftops is the "Project for Promoting Solar Panel Installation Through Permission to Use Space on Roofs of Buildings Constructed by the City for Purposes Other Than the Original Intent." The rooftop space of 275 elementary schools and 122 junior high schools will be leased to private power producers to install solar panels. All the electricity generated with the panels will be sold in principle. The fee for using space on roofs will be decided based on proposals but higher than ¥100/m2 (excluding tax).

The project period is up to 20 years. Power generation need to be started within three years after a project plan is certified based on the FIT (feed-in tariff) policy.

As a result of a public call for proposals, only the joint proposal of the four companies was submitted. It was selected as a candidate project after receiving a score higher than a standard in a screening by a selection committee.

The government of Osaka City established the "Osaka Energy Local Production/Local Consumption Promotion Plan" for promoting the introduction of renewable energy. And the latest effort is part of the plan.