A ceremony to celebrate the completion of a solar power plant with an output of about 80MW took place in Watari-cho, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, April 25, 2019.
For the mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Watari Solar Power Plant," about 300,000 solar panels were set up on about 75ha of coastal area damaged by a tsunami at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The total solar panel output is 79.548MW while the total rated output of PV inverters is 49.3MW. The plant is one of the largest-scale mega solar plants that have started to be constructed or started operation in the coastal area damaged by the tsunami. The power producer of the plant is Yamasa Co Ltd (Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture), which develops and sells amusement machines and leases airplanes.
The ceremony was attended by about 70 people including those related to Yamasa and the construction of the plant and, as guests, Watari-cho Town Mayor Hironobu Yamada, deputy governor of Miyagi Prefecture and people who are in charge of the project at the town hall.
"Time passes so fast," Yamada said. "Eight years have passed since the earthquake. The efforts of the new Watari-cho are in progress in each district, and the mega solar project became the forerunner. Seeing the magnificent view of installed solar panels, I am really impressed and feel as if I am seeing the future of the town."