A rendered image of the plant Photo: NTT Facilities

Firms to build 14MW solar plant in Fukushima


NTT Facilities Inc and Fukushima-based Kitashiba Electric Co Ltd will build a solar power plant with an output of about 14.256MW in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture.

The plant is scheduled to start power generation Sept 1, 2018. Part of the revenue from selling electricity generated at the plant will be used for reconstruction support in 12 municipalities.

At the plant, 60,536 solar panels of Solar Frontier KK and 14,960 panels of Kyocera Corp will be installed. The mounting system and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of NTT Facilities and Hitachi Ltd, respectively.

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More "power" to them! And about damn time. It's taken too long for this and other "green" projects to get under way, but maybe better late than never. The potential is nearly endless and the government has to get involved in bringing DOWN the costs of installing solar. The panels themselves are not all that expensive but installation costs are ungodly. I spent over 2.5 million yen for 25 panels, if I remember right, on my house.

That's way too much! It's going to take us about 12 years to start getting a return on our investment!

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Finally, a good idea!

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Shhh, let it happen quietly don't want the old boys to know. Sticky fingered.

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What do they think the cost of this Plant will be?

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The cost of the plant will be less than the cleanup for Dai-Ichi. Plus there's a lot of ground that could only be inhabited by solar panels and workers in bunny suits. May as well use all that space for something.

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I'm all for massively increasing solar. But I'm not super enthusiastic about these projects where they obliterate forests or farmland to make way for huge panel arrays like this project. Putting them over parking lots (like say the one in the lower right corner of the photo) or rooftops is a way more practical use of land, though I appreciate that this also poses issues for developers (getting the right to do so is more tricky than if you own the land they are on, etc).

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with an output of about 14.256MW

So it could be as high as 14.257 MW?

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Looks like an earthquake (or tsunami?) is not going to wreck this project like TEPCO's local nuclear effort.

Using farmland is OK now, but one day people might need to decide whether they need rice and veges more or less than the power to cook it. There is still a lot of roof top space in Japanese urban areas which has little or no use.

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Do it, no more nuclear!

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It is depressing how uninformed the expat community is in Japan. Despite many trying, no nation on the planet has successfully made the transition to solar energy. Elon Musk lost his ass with Solar City as did the Chinese when they tried to build a massive solar panel field in the American SW.

Ignoring the eyesore and the environemental damage from clear-cutting large areas and mining for quartz, any society that tried to go 100% solar or wind would immediately turn into a third-world nation.

North Korea, Vietnam or Cuba certainly would have made the transformation if "evil capitalism" were the only factor in suppressing this utopia.

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@Temperance Raziel, uninformed indeed.

I somewhat agree with you that solar panels use to many resource, but then you had to mention quarts... which happens to be second most abundant mineral on earth and is a waste product of silver mines. (already existing mines, regardless of any solar panel production)

And then you had to add "North Korea, Vietnam or Cuba" to the equation, which beside being poor in monetary sources, are also poor in natural resource. Oh, while we are talking about communist countries, guess the number one country for solar panel production and installation? Yup, China.

The real issue with solar panels is, how to store the energy. Because the energy need is at is highest point when the supply is at its lowest point. (at night)

I think it's quite the great idea to re-use land for solar energy purpose, this makes the large footprint somewhat irrelevant.

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14MW? TEPCO just completed 2 new new coal plants in the area with a combined output of 1080MW. I appreciate that Japan doesn't have a lot of flat land, but you'd think they could do better than a 14MW plant. The cost to output must be terrible.

I agree with NckHmml. If there is an area where it is safe to install solar (or wind for that matter) which has been deemed unsuitable for habitation due to tsunami risk or whatever, that should be taken advantage of. If you are supplying off-grid power such small plants are fine, but as a feed-in to a grid such small plants will only serve to increase electricity prices.

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