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Pacifico Energy Begins Construction of 111MW Solar Plant in Wakayama

JA Solar's solar panel, TMEIC's PV inverter

2020/02/29 20:47
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP Intelligence Group
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A rendered image of the plant (source: Pacifico Energy)

Pacifico Energy KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced Feb 21, 2020, that it has started to build a solar power plant with a total solar panel output of 111.055MW and a grid capacity of 92.8MW in Kamitonda-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

The mega (large-scale) solar power plant is scheduled to start operation in March 2022. It is expected to generate about 150,000,000kWh of electricity per year, reducing CO2 emissions by about 900,000t in the 18-year power sale period.

The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of JA Solar Co Ltd and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. Sharp Energy Solutions Corp is responsible for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the plant. Asahi Dengyo will provide O&M (operation and maintenance) services after the completion of the plant.

To build the plant, the site of a former golf course was redeveloped. Pacifico Energy conducted a simple environmental impact assessment based on an ordinance of Wakayama Prefecture and concluded an agreement with a local government. The company will refurbish and use flood control facilities (e.g. balancing reservoirs) that were built at the time of developing the golf course.

MUFG Bank Ltd formed a syndicate as an arranger, and Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) became a legal adviser.

Thus far, in Japan, Pacifico Energy has built or is building 12 power plants (total solar panel direct-current output: 1,042MW) including the 111MW plant located in Kamitonda-cho, Wakayama Prefecture. So, the total capacity of plants that it has started to construct exceeded 1GW. Six of the 12 plants (total solar panel direct-current output: 540MW) have been completed and started commercial operation.