Toshiba has won a major contract to develop a 7.5MW photovoltaic project for Chubu Electric Power, the first multimegawatt order that the company has secured. The solar power system will be installed in the Taketoyo Thermal Power Station in Taketoyo, Aichi. The plant is scheduled to come online in autumn 2011, the company said.
Selected as prime contractor for development of the project, Toshiba will be responsible for all engineering work before the start of construction, procurement of major equipment and components, and plant construction. Although the type of PV modules to be deployed has not been specified, Toshiba will provide its own inverters, which have conversion efficiencies of 97.5%.
Financial terms of the deal or further details on the system itself were not disclosed.
The Japanese company entered the solar integrator business on Jan. 1, 2009, when Toshiba’s transmission distribution and industrial systems company established the photovoltaic systems division, which will focus on system integration, particularly high-efficiency inverters and microgrids, and in deploying large plant system engineering capabilities.