Sumitomo Mitsui Construction to Build 2.8MW Floating Solar Plant in Kagawa

2019/08/08 14:03
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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A rendered image of "Meima Pond Floating Solar Power Plant" (source: Sumitomo Mitsui Construction)

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co Ltd will build a floating mega (large-scale) solar power plant using its own float system.

The company had a ceremony to pray for safe construction of the plant, "Meima Pond Floating Solar Power Plant," July 23, 2019.

On the surface of an agricultural reservoir in Miki-cho, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, about 9,400 units of the company's "PuKaTTo" floating mounting system will be set up. Solar panels will be installed in an area of about 28,600m2.

The total output of solar panels is 2.822MW. The plant is expected to generate about 3,300,000kWh of electricity per year. All the electricity generated at the plant will be sold based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme (Related article: Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Announces Float Supporting 72-cell Solar Panels).

The plant will be run by Sumitomo Mitsui Construction. 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. It is scheduled to be completed and start operation in December 2019.

The Meima Pond Floating Solar Power Plant is Sumitomo Mitsui Construction's second floating solar power plant, following "Hiragio Pond Floating Solar Power Plant," which was completed in Miki-cho, Kagawa Prefecture, in November 2017.

The company started to sell the float for floating solar power plants in 2015. Thus far, the float has been employed for five plants in Japan (including one under construction) and three plants outside Japan (including two in Taiwan) (Related article: Lotus Plants, Solar Panels Together on Reservoir in Kagawa Prefecture).