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Power Producer Donates Park to Town, Wins Trust of Local Community

2019/09/16 15:01
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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On August 23, 2019, the presentation ceremony of "Daisen Canadian Garden," a park which is expected to be a place for local people to relax, took place in Daisencho, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Daisencho is located in the district of "Mount Daisen (1,729m above sea level)," the highest mountain in the Chugoku region (Fig. 1). "Daisenji Temple" on the mountain is an old temple founded in 718, which, as well as Horyuji Temple in Nara (founded in 607), can be dated back to ancient times and are mentioned in a local history book called "Izumonokuni Fudoki."

Fig. 1: Chugoku region's famous Mt. Daisen and Daisenji Temple halfway up the mountain (source: Nikkei BP)

Daisen Canadian Garden is situated along Prefectural Road 305 at the foot of Mt. Daisen on the north side of the meandering Amida River across a bridge (Fig. 2). It is a simple park with a large cubic concrete structure in the center and a monument at the end.

Fig. 2: Daisen Canadian Garden (source: Nikkei BP)

A group company of leading solar panel manufacturer Canadian Solar Inc established and presented this park. Part of the company's name was incorporated into the name of the park. The "CS Tottori Daisen Solar Power Plant," a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with a total output of about 27.3MW, is located near this park. Canadian Solar Projects KK (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo), which develops and operates solar power plants in the Canadian Solar Group, developed this plant through a special purpose company (SPC).

Toshiba Corp provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services and adopted its own solar panels (320W/unit) and a 750kW-output PV inverter of Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC).

The site of Daisen Canadian Garden along the prefectural road is adjacent to a steel tower for the mega-solar plant's independent cable running between the plant and the grid point about 7km away.