Dec 8, 2014 - Japanese electronics group Sharp Corp (TYO:6753) said today it had started commercial operations at a 2.6-MW solar park in eastern Japan.
The Japanese company developed the project through GK Crystal Clear Solar, its joint venture with Fuyo General Lease Co Ltd (TYO:8424).
The Shioya photovoltaic (PV) plant, the given capacity of which is in direct current (DC), is situated in Tochigi prefecture, Honshu island. The facility is expected to produce 2.86 million kWh of electricity per year, enough to power 790 local homes, Sharp calculates.
In October, Sharp and Fuyo General Lease initiated the construction of a 2.6-MW solar park in Fukushima prefecture, eastern Japan. Commercial operations are scheduled to be kicked off in October 2015.
Japan aims to add 28 GW of solar capacity by 2020 in an effort to promote the use of renewable energy sources. The introduction of attractive feed-in tariffs (FiTs) in July 2012 has turned the country into an important solar market.
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