Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co Ltd announced that it will introduce two mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants at its group's two bases in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
First, a mega-solar power plant (output capacity: about 1.5MW) installed on the site of the company's Kanto Plant (Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture) will start power generation in April 2014. Its installation area is about 20,000m2, and it is expected to generate about 1,670MWh of electricity per year.
Then, Hokuetsu Kishu Paper will start up a mega-solar power plant (output capacity: about 1MW) installed on the roof of the plant of Hokuetsu-Forest Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Hokuetsu Kishu Paper, in Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture, in May 2014. Its installation area is about 13,000m2, and it is expected to generate about 930MWh of electricity per year.
Yashima Denki Co Ltd (Minato Ward, Tokyo) announced on the same day that it installed the mega-solar plant at the Kanto Plant. It is the first mega-solar plant that the company has installed.
At the Kanto Plant, Hokuetsu Kishu Paper has been operating a biomass boiler using a wood fuel made from demolished houses, etc for power generation since 2006. The power generation capacity of the boiler is 42,900kW, which is larger than the amount of electricity being used by the entire plant. And the surplus electricity is being sold to a power company.