Japan's Kyowa Exeo completes 1.25-MW PV plant in Yamaguchi
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Japanese engineering firm Kyowa Exeo Corp held recently a ceremony to celebrate the official completion of a 1.25-MW solar plant in Yamaguchi prefecture.
The photovoltaic (PV) array is located in Hirao-cho, Kumage-gun. The company and local oceanic and coastal area building expert Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd jointly provided the engineering and installation services for the system.
The solar farm uses 4,704 monocrystalline silicon solar panels and PV inverters made by Japanese firms Kyocera Corp (TYO:6971) and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), accordingly. As the PV array was installed near the sea, Kyowa Exeo equipped it with a salt-resistant mounting system the height of which was lowered as much as possible along with a concrete foundation that cannot be corroded by salt.
The Exeo Hirao solar farm, as it is named, is expected to generate about 1.62 GWh of electricity annually, enough to power some 300 local households per year. Its two blocks, which are separated by a town road, were connected with underground power transmission cables.
Including the latest addition, Kyowa Exeo currently owns and operates 12 PV parks in Japan. Two of them are in Yamaguchi, according to a press release on Wednesday.