Jul 25, 2014 - Japan’s Solar Frontier on Friday unveiled a contract for the construction of a 13-MW solar park on Honshu island, northeastern Japan.
The utility-scale plant will consist of CIS (copper, idium and selemium) photovoltaic (PV) modules that will be installed in the town of Hiraizumi, Iwate prefecture. It will spread on a 35.8-ha (88.5-acre) plot of land designated for commercial use.
Solar Frontier expects to initiate building works in March 2015, while commercial operations are planned to be launched in 2016. The solar module maker and project developer, part of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK (TYO:5002), will operate and manage the facility once it is completed. The plant’s output is expected to be enough for almost all of Hiraizumi’s 2,630 homes and will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power Co (TYO:9506).
A portion of the proposed PV park’s revenues will be allocated for preserving the area, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in June 2011.
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