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Shizen Energy Obtains 'Non-fossil Certificate' for Its Solar Plants

2019/06/22 22:55
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The Koshi Agricultural Energy Project Solar Power Plant (source: Shizen Energy)
The Nasu Toyohara First Solar Power Plant (source: Shizen Energy)

Shizen Energy Inc (Fukuoka City) announced June 14, 2019, that it has participated in the "Non-fossil Certificate Tracking Verification Test" of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and obtained a "non-fossil certificate with tracking information" for the Shizen Energy group's solar power plants.

In the verification test, a "non-fossil certificate (with tracking information)," which has data such as the kind of power source and the location of power plant, is obtained. When an electricity retailer sells electricity using a non-fossil certificate and a utility customer purchases it, the electricity is considered as renewable energy-derived electricity.

The "RE100" international initiative, which is aimed at supplying power for business activities by using 100% renewable energy, also certified the agency's non-fossil certificate with tracking information as "renewable energy."

This time, the non-fossil certificate with tracking information was obtained for (1) 116,736kWh of electricity that "Koshi Agricultural Energy Project Solar Power Plant" generated from October to December 2018 in Koshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture, and (2) 65,182kWh of electricity that "Nasu Toyohara First Solar Power Plant" generated from October to December 2018 in Nasu-machi, Tochigi Prefecture.

The Koshi Agricultural Energy Project Solar Power Plant started operation in March 2014. Its output is about 1.0MW. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Canadian Solar Inc and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. Juwi Shizen Energy Operation Inc is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) services.

The Nasu Toyohara First Solar Power Plant began operation in March 2015 with an output of 1.0MW. The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of BYD and TMEIC, respectively. Juwi Shizen Energy Operation Inc provides O&M services.

The Shizen Energy group has engaged in about 1GW (as of the end of March 2019) of renewable energy-based power generation projects and provides development, EPC (engineering, procurement and construction), O&M, asset management and power retailing services. With the acquisition of the non-fossil certificate with tracking information, it can more flexibly propose power sources that suit the needs of utility customers.