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Sky Solar announced that through its subsidiary, Sky Solar Japan, it will be constructing several large scale PV plants in Japan. The projects will be located in Mihomura-Ibarakiken and Uto-Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu island.
The almost 2MW Uto-Kumamoto plant will use over 8,000 modules and have an annual energy capacity if 1,950,000kWh. Sky Solar noted that it would determine the project’s EPC partner by the end of July and expects for construction to begin in October with completion and connections slated for December. All the electricity produced will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power.
The Mihomura-Ibarakiken solar project will also be 2MW and will be developed on leased private land. The EPC contract was expected to be finalized by the end of June, with the company hoping for construction to still begin in August and grid connection to occur at the end of December.
Sky Solar acknowledged that it plans to construct PV projects in up to 20 areas around Japan this year. Each station will have an installed capacity of 2MW and each EPC contract will be determined through a public tender. All the projects have already had site selection completed and grid connection applications sent in.
Weili Su, founder and chairman of Sky Solar, commented on the Japanese market, stating, "Objectively speaking, Japanese people do things in a very thorough and consistent way. Their industries have a clear division of labor with responsibilities and duties are clearly defined; Japanese have a high respect for the professionalism shown by each company and pay careful attention to any collaborative advantages that can be found. This approach avoids any 'civil unrest,' and to some extent reduces the possibility of large enterprises engaging in blind development of vertical integration and cut-throat competition. I was pleased to see the attitude and respect for operating within market rules. Sky Solar has a long-term plan for the development, investment and operation of PV power stations. By leveraging our extensive experience in the global and local PV rooftop market and large ground-mounted PV power projects, we are capable of providing high-quality power stations services to the entire renewable energy industry. Our technology neutral stance and our role as a power plant developer can only help in establishing strong collaborative relationships with various business partners."