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Canadian Solar Starts Up 53.4MW Solar Plant in Oita

EPC services of Kyudenko, Obayashi Road, PV inverter of TMEIC

2019/12/07 10:49
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The plant was built on former forestland (source: Canadian Solar)

Canadian Solar Inc, a major solar panel manufacturer, announced Nov 27, 2019, that a solar power plant with an output of about 53.4MW has started commercial operation in Hiji-machi (town), Oita Prefecture, Japan.

The mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Lohas ECE Oita Power Plant (Oita Prefecture Hiji-machi Solar Power Plant)," was developed by the Canadian Solar group and started commercial operation Oct 31, 2019.

For the plant, 160,308 solar panels of Canadian Solar were set up on former forestland. The plant is expected to generate about 61,587MWh of electricity per year. Electricity generated at the plant is sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc at a price of ¥40/kWh (excluding tax) based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme.

A construction joint venture between Kyudenko Corp and Obayashi Road Corp provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the plant. Also, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) supplied PV inverters that have an output of 1MW each and support a direct-current (DC) input of 1,000V.

In Hiji-machi, "CS Hiji-machi Power Plant" with a total solar panel output of about 2.57MW and a grid capacity of about 1.90MW already started operation. So, the Lohas ECE Oita Power Plant is the second mega solar plant in the town.

For the development and operation of the project, Canadian Solar received a loan from Shinsei Bank Ltd. Canadian Solar concluded a contract for a ¥16 billion non-recourse project finance loan with Shinsei Bank (See related article).

With the new plant in operation, the total output of solar power plants that the Canadian Solar group runs in Japan increased to about 143MW.