Sharp starts to construct solar plant in Fukushima

By Kiyotaka Nakanishi, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute

Sharp Corp has announced that Crystal Clear Solar, its joint venture with Fuyo General Lease Co Ltd, started to construct a 2.6MW solar power plant in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture.

The mega-plant, Kawauchi Hebusumori Solar Power Plant, is expected to generate 2,850,000kWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the amount consumed by 663 households.

The solar panel and PV inverter employed for the plant are products of Sharp and Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC), respectively. Crystal Clear Solar rented land that is owned by the government of Kawauchi and was used as pasture. The company aims to start to sell electricity in October 2015.

For the construction of the solar plant, Crystal Clear Solar obtained a grant that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) provides to support the construction of renewable energy-based power generation facilities in the area affected by the nuclear disaster.

The grant covers up to 1/3 of the total construction cost. And a power producer provided with the grant will give the amount of money equivalent to 2/3 of the grant (from the revenue from selling electricity) to the local community over about 10 years.

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thats a good project. japan can become more innovative with this project

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I'm not sure what we are supposed to eat when all the farmland is covered by these solar plants. Panels should be fitted to existing buildings first.

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Instead of this corporate model, where the government keeps transferring tax dollars into the profits of companies, the country should adopt a community based public model similar to Germany, which devolves concentrated private control of energy into the hands of the people.

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While the government has cut subsidies to folks who put panels on their roof and the electric utility down here in Okinawa is no longer purchasing excess electricity from anyone who had panels placed on their house after August 8th of this year.

It cost me over 2.5 million yen to have solar panels installed on our house earlier this year, we got a 60,000 yen subsidy from the government, when it was as high as 600,000 until late last year. Without having the utility purchase the excess electricity we are producing there would have been no real merit to installing the panels.

Plus there are people who have had panels installed on their open property, a friend of mine had 200 panels installed at a cost of over 10 million yen, with the expectation that he would be able to pay the loan back through produced energy and the panels are sitting there unused because the local utility will not pay for the produced electricity.

There has been a dramatic increase of private users, like us, who installed solar after Fukushima and the government is cutting subsidies all over the board. Articles/information like this just proves once and again the government is not interested in renewable energy, only energy that can be produced by a business for profit.

Also this just puts money into the pockets of a major corporation using taxpayers money for funding.

Japan doesnt want solar, this is lip service, the current administration just wants the nukes back online!

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Come on, @Scrote, the Fukushima farmers are struggling to sell their crop. If they can rent some of their land to the solar plants, that's a good thing, isn't it?

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The village of Kawamura is 32km (20 miles) from Dai Ichi. I wouldn't be surprised if the sale value of such milk had declined since the accident.

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Ask them to continue Zaurus production also:)

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Hmmm. Seems to me all the land immediately around the Daiichi plant should be available for solar panels. It's not going to be good for anything else for the foreseeable future.

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Rooftop solar panels are not only panels. These Japanese companies mentioned above are very successful in Calif, etc. Please read Solar Panels in Wikipedia to see pictures of various solar panels that are vertical, etc. Flat panels are obsolete for years, (USA) Also, nuclear enegy plants are obsolete in majority of US states. US had Three Miles Islands nightmare once upon a time.

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Finally progress in the right direction. If only the corporations & government can speed things up and make decisions faster?

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