13MW Solar Power Plant to Come With Underground Electric Lines

2013/10/23 14:59
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Sanko Real Estate Co Ltd announced Oct 21, 2013, that it will construct a mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant with a maximum power of 13MW in Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Sanko Real Estate is a subsidiary of Mie Kotsu Co Ltd and based in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture. The construction of the power plant, "Matsusaka Yamamuro Mega-solar Power Plant," will begin in March 2014 on a site that measures about 19ha and is adjacent to Matsusaka Core Industrial Complex.

The power generation at the plant is scheduled to start in December 2015. The total investment amount is about ¥4.4 billion (approx US$44.9 million).

Sanko Real Estate has already built 5.2MW "Ise Futami Mega Solar Hikari-no-machi," 0.6MW "Kihoku-machi Miyama Solar" and 2.5MW "Tsu Mega Solar Morinomachi" solar power plants in the prefecture. The Tsu Mega Solar Morinomachi plant is scheduled to start power generation in November 2013. The total maximum power of the four power plants will be 21.3MW.

For the mega-solar power plant to be built, electric lines will be laid underground to connect to the power grid of Chubu Electric Power Co Inc instead of using a conventional method that requires to install power poles. As a result, it became possible to drastically reduce the cost for connecting to the power grid. The new method was realized because landowners agreed to pass the electric lines.

In regard to the facilities and construction, the solar panel and PV inverter of the plant will be supplied by Solar Frontier K.K. and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively, as in the case of the other three plants. Chiyoda Corp will design and construct the plant.