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Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Completes 2.8MW Floating Solar Plant in Kagawa

Mitsubishi Electric's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2019/12/27 08:38
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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The ceremony to celebrate the completion of the plant (source: Sumitomo Mitsui Construction)
The Meimaike Floating Solar Power Plant floats 9,408 solar panels. (source: Sumitomo Mitsui Construction)

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co Ltd announced Dec 25, 2019, that a floating solar power plant with a total solar panel output of about 2.822MW and a grid capacity of 1.99MW has been completed in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan (Related article: Large PV Inverters Set Up Above Reservoir at Floating Solar Plant in Kagawa).

The company had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Meimaike Floating Solar Power Plant," Dec 17, 2019.

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction used its "Pukatto" float for setting up solar panels on the water surface of the "Meimaike" agricultural reservoir in Ikenobe, Miki-cho, Kida-gun, Kagawa Prefecture.

In the project, Mitsubishi Electric System & Service Co Ltd provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services and is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance). The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Mitsubishi Electric Corp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively.

All the electricity generated at the plant will start to be sold to Shikoku Electric Power Co Inc in January 2020 at a price of ¥18/kWh (excluding tax) based on the feed-in tariff scheme.

Sumitomo Mitsui Construction's efforts regarding float and floating solar power plant businesses started from a test of float and solar power generation on a reservoir that was entrusted by the Rural Development Unit of the Kagawa Prefecture Agricultural Administration and Fisheries Department in 2014.