A man living in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, has sued a company that supported the development of a solar power plant with an output of about 1MW for removal of solar panels and compensation for damage, claiming his peaceful daily life was threatened by light and heat reflected from the solar panels.
The man filed the lawsuit against JAG Energy Co Ltd at the Himeji branch of the Kobe District Court last September, asking for compensation of ¥3.3 million.
The mega (large-scale) solar power plant, "Himeji Solar Way," has 1.224MW of solar panels and 990kW (rated output) of PV inverters. It was built on reclaimed land located between a residential area and a reservoir. Each array consists of six rows of crystalline silicon solar panels running sideways and the panels are tilted at an angle of 15 degrees.
JAG Energy, a subsidiary of Japan Asia Group Ltd, supported the development of the plant. The power producer is Himeji Solar Way LLC, which is a special purpose company (SPC). Energy Explorer (general incorporated association) made an equity investment in the SPC. Also, capital is raised through investment by an anonymous association.
For the plant, Toko Electrical Construction Co Ltd provided construction services, and JAG Power Engineering Co Ltd (a subsidiary of Japan Asia Group) is responsible for O&M (operation and maintenance).
Oral proceedings were held Nov 16, 2015, and both parties submitted a written answer in mid-January. According to the written complaint, after the solar panels were installed in June 2014, the reflected light started to enter a room on the second floor of the plaintiff's residential house through a window facing east. The temperature in the room rose to 40°C in June, 45-50°C in July and higher than 50°C in August, and the plaintiff and his wife were diagnosed as having suffered heatstroke.© Japan Today