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Solar Plant on Former Eel Farm Avoids Floods But Suffers From Weeds

Weeding implemented in line with local events, vehicle-type weed cutter utilized

2019/08/16 10:59
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The "Tsu Kurimamachiya Mega Solar Power Plant," a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with a solar panel capacity of 4.5408MW and a PV inverter capacity of 3.58MW, is located along a river near Ise Bay in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan (Fig. 1). It began operation in Kurimamachiyacho, Tsu City, Oct 7, 2015.

Fig. 1: Tsu Kurimamachiya Mega Solar Power Plant. Dragonflies mating above panels mistaking them for water, something often seen at mega-solar plants near ponds or rivers (middle photo). Rain at the site during interview. Panel surfaces immediately washed clean by rain (bottom photo). (top Sanko Real Estate, others Nikkei BP)

The power producer is Sanko Real Estate Co Ltd of Mie Kotsu Group Holdings Inc (Tsu City). The company has developed and is running a number of solar power plants with a total capacity of about 89MW at 24 locations exclusively in its home prefecture of Mie.

Sanko Real Estate has hired the same companies for construction and facilities at almost all of its solar power plants, deepening its partnerships with those companies. Chiyoda Corp has provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services while Solar Frontier KK and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) have continued to supply solar panels and PV inverters, respectively.