Solar Power Network (SPN) Inc announced April 16, 2014, that it will rent the roof of Nissan Motor Kyushu Co Ltd's building, install a 2.13MW mega (large-scale) solar power plant on it and sell solar electricity to Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc.
SPN is a Canada-based company that runs solar power generation businesses by renting roofs. The building is located in Shinhama-chou, Kanda-machi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The construction and operation of the plant are scheduled to begin by December 2014 and in early 2015, respectively.
Nissan Motor Kyushu is one of Nissan Motor Co Ltd's auto assembly plants. And Nissan Motor is considering renting the roofs of other plants for solar power generation businesses.
The total project cost is about ¥500 million (approx US$4.9 million). The Japanese subsidiary of SPN (Minato Ward, Tokyo) will be a power producer for the plant. The tilt angle of the plant's solar panels will be 5°, which is the same as the angle of panels SPN installs in Canada.
SPN has not yet selected a solar panel manufacturer. PV inverters are expected to be supplied by Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) or ABB Ltd. For the construction of the plant, SPN tied up with Kokusai Land & Development Co Ltd of Japan Asia Group Ltd.
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