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Trina Solar Subsidiary Fires Up 28.8MW Solar Plant in Miyagi

Thai firm becomes power producer, TMEIC's PV inverter employed

2020/01/22 17:03
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group, CleanTech Labo
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"Osato Solar Power Plant" with a total solar panel output of about 28.8083MW (source: Trina Solar Japan Energy)

Trina Solar Japan Energy Co Ltd announced Jan 16, 2020, that a solar power plant with an output of about 28.8MW has started operation in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Trina Solar Japan Energy (Minato-ku, Tokyo) develops solar projects in Japan and is virtually a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trina Solar Ltd, which is a China-based major solar panel manufacturer. The construction of the mega (large-scale) solar power plant started April 27, 2018, and it started operation Dec 13, 2019.

The plant, "Osato Solar Power Plant," was built on land that was formerly mountain forest in Ichinosawa, Omatsuzawa, Osato-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture. Trina Solar Japan Energy developed the project, supervised EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services and is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance) of the plant for 20 years after the start of operation.

The power producer of the plant is a special purpose company (SPC) formed by Thailand-based Banpu Power Japan Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).

The plant is expected to generate about 31,386,000kWh of electricity, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 6,504 households, per year. In addition to Trina Solar Japan Energy, Juwi Shizen Energy Inc (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) was entrusted with EPC services for the plant (See related article).

The area of the site is about 513,610m2, and 84,112 solar panels manufactured by Trina Solar were arranged on the site. Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) supplied PV inverters for the plant.

In regard to Trina Solar's development of solar projects, more than 3GW of solar plants have already been connected to power grids in the world, and 45 plants (total output: about 100MW) have been connected to grids in Japan. Also, the company is currently building a mega solar plant (output: about 200MW) to be connected to an extra-high voltage power transmission line in Japan, it said (Takara Leben Acquires 2 Solar Plants From Trina Solar).