Kokusai Kogyo Completes 2.8MW Solar Plant in Evacuated Area of Miyagi

2019/12/12 16:59
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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Iwanuma Solar Way (source: Kokusai Kogyo)
Iwanuma Solar Way (source: Kokusai Kogyo)

Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which is affiliated with Japan Asia Group Ltd, built a solar power plant with an output of about 2.8MW in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, and had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant Dec 3, 2019.

For the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Iwanuma Solar Way," 7,164 solar panels were set up on about 2.8ha of land that is located in a coastal area in the city and was evaluated because of a disaster. It is the third mega solar plant using an evacuated area in the city.

The plant is expected to generate about 3,000,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 700 households, per year. Electricity generated at the plant is sold to Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc.

The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Canadian Solar Inc and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, respectively. JAG Energy Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), which is affiliated with Japan Asia Group Ltd, provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the plant.

Japan Asia Group also built "Natori Solar Way," a 26.3MW solar power plant, on the former site of a high school that is located in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, and was damaged by the disaster. It started operation in April 2018. For this plant, Toshiba Corp's solar panel and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverter were adopted.