30MW Solar Power Plant Completed At Nagasaki Airport2016-08-02
30MW Solar Power Plant Completed At Nagasaki Airport
Tokyo – 2nd August, 2016 – Solar Frontier, the world’s largest provider of CIS solar energy solutions, and Chopro, a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributor and solar power producer, announced today the completion of an approximately 30 MW solar power plant located next to Nagasaki Airport in Japan. To celebrate its completion, the two companies hosted an opening ceremony earlier in the day, including representative guests from Nagasaki Prefecture.
“SOL de Omura Minojima Solar Power Plant” is the biggest solar installation in Nagasaki Prefecture and is also one of the biggest in Japan. The new power plant is expected to generate approximately 37 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual power consumption of 7,500 households in Japan.
Solar Frontier and Chopro jointly established the company Nagasaki Solar Energy to develop and manage the new power plant. Chiyoda Corporate provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services and the land for this project was leased by Nagasaki Prefecture. The project benefited from the support of regional companies, including a syndicate of local banks from the Kyushu region (led by Mizuho Bank) which provided non-recourse project financing. Electricity generated by the power plant is being sold to Kyushu Electric Power Company.
SOL de Omura Minojima’s location next to Nagasaki Airport’s 3,000 meter runway and on an offshore island presented the experienced development team with a number of specific challenges. Solar Frontier provided its CIS solar panels, which offer anti-reflective properties so as not to affect aircraft operations. The power plant was designed in accordance with height and other regulatory restrictions due to airplanes landing and taking off. A 10 kilometer submarine power cable was also laid in order to connect the power plant to the electric grid on mainland Kyushu. Construction, which began in April, 2015, was completed on schedule in July, 2016.
The successful completion of SOL de Omura Minojima is the result of close work between Solar Frontier, local energy provider Chopro and Nagasaki Prefecture. Looking to harness the power of the sun to provide a cleaner, more comfortable lifestyle for everyone, Solar Frontier will continue to leverage its technological leadership and development knowhow to provide environmentally friendly and economic solar power plants that contribute to local and regional development.
Nagasaki Airport Adjoining Land (Omura, Minojima, Nagasaki Prefecture)
Representatives, including Solar Frontier CEO Atsuhiko Hirano, in front of monument symbolizing the project
About Chopro Co., Ltd.
Chopro is an LPG company that is rolling out the Kuriya brand of utensil shops, restaurants and residential sales. Looking ahead to the future of living, we are developing our business to include elements including residential and utility solar energy. We also support sports, sponsoring the J2 league club V-Varen Nagasaki and the National Sports Festival in Nagasaki.
About Solar Frontier
Solar Frontier is the world’s largest provider of CIS solar panels, system solutions and services. Our solar panel technology delivers economical and environmental advantages in real-world conditions – where it counts - and our solutions range from innovative rooftop systems to professional power plant development services. We harness the power of the sun to provide a cleaner, more comfortable life for all.
Solar Frontier K.K. is, a 100% owned subsidiary of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (TYO:5002) (“Solar Frontier”) and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Visit http://www.solar-frontier.com/eng/ or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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