KEPCO starts trial ops at 28-MW solar park in Japan
Solar park in Japan. Author: Minoru Karamatsu. License: Creative Commons.
Korea Electric Power Corp (KRX:015760), or KEPCO, has put on stream a 28-MW solar park near the New International Airport of Chitose on Japan’s Hokkaido island.
The Korean utility has launched initial pressurization and trial operation of the facility and expects to begin commercial operations after a 20-day trial, on July 5. It represents KEPCO's first solar project with storage capacity built outside South Korea, the Korea Post said last week.
The installation, worth USD 99.4 million (EUR 88.9m), is powered by 123,480 photovoltaic (PV) modules and is equipped with an energy storage system with a capacity of 13.7 MWh. Its output will be sold to local power utility Hokkaido Electric Power Co (TYO:9509) under a 25-year contract.
Construction works on the scheme commenced in April 2016 with Japanese firm Energy Product acting as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agent. LS Industrial Systems was also an EPC contractor. The two firms will also deliver operations and maintenance (O&M) services.
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