REC, a European module manufacturer, has officially inaugurated its new 1.7MW PV facility in Yonago, Tottori, Japan.
The ceremony was attended by several high profile figures including the Mayor of Yonago City, Yasuo Nozaka, and Norway's Ambassador to Japan, Arne Walther.
The plant was constructed by Advantec, a partner of REC since 2011. The system is equipped with 7,056 REC Peak Energy Series modules. It is expected to generate more than 1,840MWh of electricity every year which is estimated to be enough to power 510 households.
The facility is jointly owned by Advantec and Japanese radio and TV station Broadcasting System of San-in (BSS) which each own a 50% stake.
“We are proud to have completed the construction of this plant so quickly – just three months from start to finish,” says Masahide Yamana, President of Advantec. “We are feeding 100% of the electricity generated into the grid for which we need excellent product quality and performance backed by strong warranties. REC is the right choice.”
Japan remains an increasingly important solar market for REC while the attractive feed-in tariff has also been driving investments in the country. Last year, the company opened an office in Tokyo to serve this market. Go Sekiguchi, REC’s representative director of Japan, said: “Japan is a very attractive market in terms of its feed-in tariffs. Despite a cut in tariffs from April 1, investors can still expect sufficient returns.”