Eurus Energy Begins to Build 33MW, 14MW Solar Plants

2013/11/15 17:37
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute

Eurus Energy Holdings Corp started the constructions of two mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants whose output powers are approximately 33MW and 14MW, respectively, in November 2013 in Japan.

33MW plant in Hyogo
Eurus Energy, which is based in Minato Ward, Tokyo, organized a ceremony to pray for the safety in the construction of the "Tsunahigashi Solar Power Plant" (output power: about 33.5MW) Nov 6, 2013, in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. For the power plant, the company will make use of the "Tsunahigashi Manufacturing Park," which is owned by Tsuna Development Association including Awaji City, and install about 154,000 solar panels on a site measuring 60ha, which is about 12 times as large as Tokyo Dome.

Eurus Energy plans to start power generation at the Tsunahigashi Solar Power Plant in July 2015, expecting to produce the amount of electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by about 11,000 households throughout a year. The solar panel and PV inverter of the plant are provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. Taisei Corp is in charge of the construction work.

The Tsunahigashi Manufacturing Park, which is the construction site of the plant, was once used for collecting earth and sand for the land reclamation for the Kansai International Airport. After that, Tsuna Development Association has been seeking to make use of the site. The new plant will be built in view of the "Awaji Environmental Future Island Plan," which is aimed at forming sustainable communities. For the plan, Hyogo Prefecture, Awaji City, etc were selected as "specially designated regions for energizing local communities" by Japan's government.

14MW plant in Miyagi, Fukushima
Eurus Energy also had a ceremony to pray for the safety in the construction of the "Eurus Tenmei Solar Park," whose output power is about 14MW, in a region that straddles the border between Marumori-machi, Miyagi Prefecture, and Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Nov 13, 2013.

At the park, about 70,000 solar panels will be installed on a site measuring about 80ha, which is about 17 times as large as Tokyo Dome. At the center of the site, there is a former golf course straddling Marumori-machi and Soma City. The company will sell electricity generated at the plant to Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc.

Eurus Energy plans to start power generation at the Eurus Tenmei Solar Park in March 2015, expecting to produce the amount of electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by about 5,000 households throughout a year. The solar panel and PV inverter of the plant are provided by Canadian Solar Inc and Hitachi Ltd, respectively. Hitachi is also in charge of the construction work.

The Eurus Tenmei Solar Park will be run as a "business for helping introduce renewable energy-based power generation facilities, etc," which is a scheme targeted at the areas that were hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. The scheme was developed to establish an optimal energy demand and supply mechanism by helping introduce renewable energy-based power generation systems in the disaster-hit areas.