As expected, following the recent introduction of Japan’s new feed-in-tariff, there has been a surge of interest in the Japanese PV market. Jumping on the bandwagon are Japan’s Solar Frontier and Japanese quarry operator Yano Industry who have announced plans to develop two PV power plants in Kunitomi, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, which have a total capacity of 3.3MW.
The developments will help the companies to expand into the Japanese solar utility sector, a move driven by the introduction of Japan’s feed-in-tariff in July. Solar Frontier will operate a 2.2 MW solar power plant while Yano Industry will operate a 1.1 MW plant. The plants will be jointly developed on 7 hectares of land owned by Yano Industry. Solar Frontier will supply its CIS thin-film modules for both projects as well as provide project development consulting services. Yano Industry will also provide its proprietary “Misago” gravel to prevent the growth of weeds, thus reducing maintenance burden.
The 2.2MW plant, called Kunitomi No. 1 Megasolar, will be equipped with approximately 14,000 Solar Frontier solar panels on land rented from Yano Industry. It will have a total output of 2,247kWp annually and is scheduled to commence operation by the end of March 2013.
The 1.1MW plant, called Kunitomi No. 2 Megasolar, will be equipped with roughly 7,000 modules which will generate an output of around 1,088kWp every year. Its output is equivalent to 16% of the annual electricity needed to run Yano Industry’s Tano and Hyuga factories. The plant is also scheduled to come online by the end of March 2013.
When both PV plants are completed, the power plants will together be, the companies claim, one of the biggest solar projects in Miyazaki, Japan.