Sunpower has announced that it will supply 69MW of modules to a solar power plant project in Aomori, Japan.
The forthcoming construction of the power station, in the village of Rokkasho, was announced by Japanese renewable energy firm Eurus Energy Group at the end of August. Eurus subsidiary Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park Corporation will own and operate the plant, with engineering, procurement and construction to be carried out by Japanese company Shimizu.
The plant, in an industrial park in the northern tip of mainland Japan, is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the second half of 2015. According to Sunpower, the 69MW of modules supplied will form part of Japan’s largest solar power installation. Earlier reports suggest the park's PV generating facilities will total around 115MW capacity when completed.
The Eurus Energy project will be supplied with high-efficiency Sunpower E20/327 solar panels, branded under the name Maxeon Solar for the Japanese market. Sunpower claims the E20/327’s cell efficiency is 20.1%.
The president of Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park Corporation, Satoshi Tanaka, said that along with the reliability and efficiency of Sunpower products, the warranty on the products was, in his opinion “the industry’s best”. The solar panels are covered by a 25year power and product warranty retaining an 87% power level after 25 years of use.
Sunpower also announced that it would supply E20/327 solar panels to EPC firm Obayashi Corporation for a project on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, also owned by a Eurus Energy subsidiary. Sunpower will supply 27.4MW of E20/327 panels to the Hokkaido project, also expected to come online during 2015