First Solar Begins Operation of 60MW Solar Plant

JX Engineering constructs plant, TMEIC PV inverter contributes to efficiency improvement

2019/07/31 17:44
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The DC 1,500V specifications improved system efficiency. (source: First Solar Japan)
The site of a former golf course that straddles the border between Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures was used. (source: First Solar Japan)

First Solar Japan GK (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) announced July 26, 2019, that it has performed a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a 59.52MW solar power plant in an area including part of Hodatsushimizu-cho, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

The construction of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Ishikawa Sougou Solar Power Plant," started in 2016, and it started operation in December 2018.

The plant was built on about 163ha of land that was formerly used as a golf course and straddles the border between Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures. On about 70ha of the land, 593,400 solar panels manufactured by First Solar Inc were installed. The part in Toyoma Prefecture is located in Takaoka City.

With an output of about 60MW, the plant is the largest-scale solar power plant in the Hokuriku region of Japan and at least the 20th largest solar power plant operating in Japan. The plant is expected to generate about 78,800,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 18,000 households, per year.

JX Engineering Corp (Yokohama City) provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. For the plant, First Solar's "Series 4" compound semiconductor solar panel (output: 120W each) and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverter were employed. First Solar Japan is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) services for the plant.