New solar plant goes on grid in Japan

Japan has connected a brand new solar power plant to the grid following its plan to increase investment in alternative energy sources after the Fukushima accident two years ago. With […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Japan has connected a brand new solar power plant to the grid following its plan to increase investment in alternative energy sources after the Fukushima accident two years ago.

With a total capacity of 1.7MW, the plant consists of 7,056 solar panels and is expected to generate more than 1,840 MWh of clean electricity – enough to power around 510 Japanese households and cut 1,200 tonnes of carbon emissions.

A partner of REC, one of the largest European suppliers of solar panels and headquartered in Norway, Advantec claims it built the plant within three months.

Masahide Yamana, President of Advantec said: “We are feeding 100% of the electricity generated into the grid for which we need excellent product quality and performance backed by strong warranties.”

Arne Walther, Norway’s Ambassador to Japan added: “While energy saving and increased imports of fossil fuels, especially liquefied natural gas, has been the immediate response to reduced reliance on nuclear energy in Japan after the Fukushima accident, accelerated development of renewables, not least solar, is emerging as a desired longer term priority.”