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SB Energy Installs 2MW Solar Plant in Mie

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

2017/12/28 14:03
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer & Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Institute
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The mega solar plant in Itako City, for which SB Energy provided EPC services (source: SB Energy)

SB Energy Corp announced Dec 25, 2017, that it will build a solar power plant with an output of about 2MW in Shima City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

SB Energy (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is affiliated with the Softbank group and runs renewable energy-related businesses. The company aims to start operation of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Softbank Mie Shima Ago Solar Park," in March 2019.

The plant will be built on about 28,000m2 (about 2.8ha) of idled farmland (the land category has already been converted from "farmland"). The total capacity of solar panels is about 2.0MW, and the total rated output of PV inverters is 1.5MW (1,000kW x 1, 500kW x 1). The plant is expected to generate about 2,497,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 693 households, in the first year.

The solar panel, PV inverter and mounting system employed for the plant are products of JA Solar Co Ltd, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) and Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corp, respectively.

SB Energy entrusted EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services to multiple business operators. The provider of O&M (operation and maintenance) services has not been decided yet. The purchasing price based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme is ¥32/kWh.

SB Energy has already dealt with EPC services for a 1.7MW solar plant in Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and other plants.