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Power Producer Donates Park to Town, Wins Trust of Local Community (page 2)

2019/09/16 15:01
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The park was granted to the local town of Daisencho. The donators were a Canadian Solar Group company and Daisen Maehata KK, which owned the site. Daisen Maehata runs a real estate business in Daisencho (Fig. 3).

Fig. 3: Presentation ceremony (source: Nikkei BP)

Roughly 40 people participated in the ceremony, including Jeff Roy (president of Canadian Solar Projects) and Makoto Matsubara (president of Daisen Maehata) on the presenter side and Hironori Takeguchi (town mayor of Daisencho) on the receiver side, as well as Shinji Hirai (governor of Tottori Prefecture), Ryosei Akazawa (a Lower House member elected from Tottori Prefecture), people from financial and construction industries and local landowners.

According to Jeff Roy, Canadian Solar Group constructed and presented the garden to the town as a representation of goodwill and a harmonious coexistence with the local community where the mega-solar plant is located. The mega-solar development realized the effective use of the vast site, which had been a long-standing problem for the local community.

For the Canadian Solar Project, it seems such gratitude was based on wish to contribute in a different form from the power generation business to the local community, which overcame various difficulties it faced and offered support during the development.

The CS Tottori Daisen Solar Power Plant consists of two mega-solar plants located about 1km from each other. A grid point is shared between the two plants to transmit power to Chugoku Electric Power Co Inc's extra-high-voltage power transmission cable (Fig. 4, Farmland Transformed to 27MW Solar Plant, Consideration Given to Goshawks)

Fig. 4: CS Tottori Daisen Solar Power Plant (source; top CSIF, others Nikkei BP)

According to Town Mayor Takeguchi, the site along the Amida River near the garden and an idle field about 1km away were both facing the challenge of effective utilization. Amid severe financial circumstances, the town had started considering how to newly construct or re-establish a park to be used as a place to relax by the local community. This garden was established and presented ahead of the town's initiative.