Land of the Rising Sun opens 27MW solar plant

A 27MW solar plant on the Japanese island of Honshu has commenced operations. Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the Nanao Plant will now provide thousands of Japanese […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A 27MW solar plant on the Japanese island of Honshu has commenced operations.

Completed one year after the beginning of construction, the Nanao Plant will now provide thousands of Japanese households on the island with clean and reliable electricity, thanks to its 80,000 high efficiency photovoltaic panels.

It is jointly owned by ISE Group, which holds a 50% stake, with Total and SunPower each holding a 25% interest.

The solar plant complies with Japan’s strict earthquake-resistant building standards and is fully connected to the electricity distribution grid.

SunPower Vice President, Shingo Tajiri, said: “The SunPower solar panels operating at the Nanao solar power plant maximise the power generated on site by producing 45% more energy in the same amount of space compared to conventional solar panels and are recognised for long term reliability and performance.

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