Daiwa House to Build 6MW Solar Plant in Nara

2014/01/21 17:02
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd and Daiwa Energy Co Ltd (Osaka City) announced Jan 20, 2014, that they will build a mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant with 6MW output on their property in Gojo City, Nara Prefecture, Japan.

They will start to sell all of the electricity generated at the plant, "Dream Solar Natsumidai 2," to The Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (KEPCO) in November 2014. The total power generation capacity of the mega-solar plants that the Daiwa House group runs in Gojo City, Nara Prefecture, will be about 8MW including the capacity of the "Dream Solar Natsumidai 1," whose construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2014.

The construction of the Dream Solar Natsumidai 2 started Jan 20, 2014. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are Sharp Corp's polycrystalline silicon solar panel and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) product, respectively.

The power producer is Daiwa Energy, and the power generation facilities are owned by Daiwa House Industry. The amount of power generated at the Dream Solar Natsumidai 2 is expected to be about 6 million kWh per year. The total investment is about ¥1.8 billion (approx US$17 million).

The Daiwa House group is strengthening its one-stop service from construction to operation of renewable energy-based power generation facilities and had received orders for about 42.9MW of solar power plants by fiscal 2012. It runs renewable energy-based power plants on 22 sites, and their power generation capacities total about 31.7MW. The group aims to run 120MW of renewable energy-based power plants by fiscal 2015.