Floating Solar Plant Commercialized in Japan
The largest floating solar plant, which has been installed in Japan, commenced commercial operation on March 20, 2018.
Ichigo Inc., Japan-based real estate investor announced the commercial operations of its new floating solar plant. The project consists of a 2.64-MW floating solar power plant located in Okayama Prefecture.
The power plant has been named after the company as Ichigo Kasaoka Iwanoike ECO Power Plant. The plant comprises a photovoltaic (PV) facility of 8,800 panels and is expected to generate around 3.2 million kWh per year. The projected energy generated by the plant is expected to be more than enough to meet the annual power demand of 880 local homes, as claimed by the firm.
The plant covers an area of 59,906 sq m in Kasaoka city, Iwanoike ECO is Ichigo’s 38th operational solar plant in the country. The firm has 110.26 MW of current combined capacity in Japan, including the commercialization of this new solar plant.
Overall, Ichigo has 134 MW in its Japanese portfolio. The 44 solar power plants, including facilities held by yieldco vehicle Ichigo Green Infrastructure Fund Investment Corp, are either in operation or under development, as announced by the company in a press release.
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