Hiroshima City et al to Build 1.1MW Solar Plant

2014/07/08 18:56
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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A ground-breaking ceremony for a 1.1MW solar power plant took place in "Wasa Environmental Agriculture Park" in Oasa, Kitahiroshima-chou, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, June 26, 2014.

The business operator for the mega (large-scale) solar power plant is "Hiroshima Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) for Promotion of Renewable Energy," which is a limited liability partnership (LLP) financed by the government of Hiroshima Prefecture, a company affiliated with The Chugoku Electric Power Co Inc, etc. The plant will be the LLP's fifth mega solar plant.

Energia Solution & Service (ESS) Co (Hiroshima City), which is affiliated with The Chugoku Electric Power, provides EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Mitsubishi Electric Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.

In the first phase (6.6MW) of the mega solar project of Hiroshima LLP for Promotion of Renewable Energy, the government and the Chugoku Electric Power group invested ¥540 million (approx US$5.3 million) and ¥280 million, respectively. Most of the ¥280 million is accounted for by an investment by ESS. In October 2013, the LLC completed the construction of "Shobara Solar Power Plant" in the first mega solar project by an association funded by a local government.