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.© Japan Today