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5 Yrs of Operation of 8MW Solar Plant in Okinawa

Measures against strong winds of typhoons

2019/12/03 10:03
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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Listed on infrastructure fund market

Nago City in the north of Okinawa's main island faces the coast to both the west and east and has the largest area among the cities, towns and villages in Okinawa's main island. It is the primary city of northern Okinawa Prefecture and is active in commerce as well as agriculture and fishery.

In January 2015, the "Ichigo Nago Futami ECO Power Plant," a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 8.44MW, began operation on a hill near the east coast in Nago City. This is the prefecture's second-highest-output mega-solar power plant in operation, following the 12MW-output facility in an oil refinery in Uruma City (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1: "Ichigo Nago Futami ECO Power Plant" immediately after completion (source: Ichigo ECO Energy)

Ichigo ECO Energy Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) of the Ichigo Inc Group constructed and runs this power plant. When Ichigo Green Infrastructure Investment Corp (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) went public on the infrastructure fund market of Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc in December 2016, the Ichigo Nago Futami ECO Power Plant became its asset.

This power plant rents a 146,294m2 former stock farm from Nago City and runs the power generation business. The former farm used to be called "Yukari Farm" and had a bull ring, but was a wasteland covered with shrubs and so forth just before power plant construction.