Tokyo Gas Begins Operation of 2 Mega Solar Plants in Ishikawa

2020/01/19 13:47
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
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The Hakui City Shinpomachi Solar Power Plant (source: Shizen Energy)
The Shika-machi Inotani Reservoir Solar Power Plant (source: Shizen Energy)

Prominet Power Co Ltd (Minato-ku, Tokyo), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo Gas Co Ltd, built two mega (large-scale) solar power plants in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, and started commercial operation of them in December 2019.

They are the first projects based on the capital/business alliance agreement that was concluded by Tokyo Gas and Shizen Energy Inc in February 2017. Also, they are the first solar projects in which the Tokyo Gas group has been involved from the phase of construction.

The "Shika-machi Inotani Reservoir Solar Power Plant" in Shika-machi (town), Ishikawa Prefecture, has an output of 2.589MW. And the "Hakui City Shinpomachi Solar Power Plant" in Hakui City, Ishikawa Prefecture, has an output of 2.746MW. For both of the plants, JA Solar Co Ltd's solar panels and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp's (TMEIC) PV inverters were employed.

Shizen Energy (Fukuoka City) developed the projects, and Juwi Shizen Energy Inc (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) provided EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services. Juwi Shizen Energy Operation Inc (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) services for the plants. Electricity generated at the plants is sold to Hokuriku Electric Power Co Inc. The FIT tariffs set for the plants have not been disclosed.

Tokyo Gas and Shizen Energy plan to jointly develop 57MW of solar power plants by February 2022. The Tokyo Gas group set a goal of dealing with 5GW of renewable energy-based power sources in and outside Japan in 2030, according to the "Compass2030" management vision, which the group announced in November 2019.