Sharp to develop 100 MW of PV in Indonesia; announces Japan project


A spokesperson for the Japanese electronics giant confirmed to pv magazine that Sharp has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesia’s directorate of various new energy and renewable energy, and directorate general of new renewable energy and energy conservation.

They say the idea is to develop 100 MW worth of photovoltaics in the country. Included in the MOU is site selection, scheduling, and construction and generation costs. There are also plans to develop a "solar smart community system with water desalination plant". The final size is yet to be confirmed, although the spokesperson did say it is likely to be 100 kilowatts.

In related news, they said that Softbank Corp. subsidiary, SB Energy Corp. will work on a 2.4 MW photovoltaic project in Japan’s Gumma prefecture, located north of Tokyo. "Sharp will join this project as EPC [contractor]," the spokesperson said. They added that Sharp will provide the necessary photovoltaic modules for the plant, expected to be online by July.

On March 5, the Kyocera Group announced that it has been selected, along with SB Energy by Kyoto City, in Japan, to build and operate a 4.2 MW solar power plant. "The utility-scale solar power plant will be the first of its kind in Kyoto Prefecture, and becomes the largest solar power installation in the prefecture," said Kyocera in a statement released.

SB Energy will operate the two 2.1 MW systems, which are scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the new feed-in tariff on July 1, 2012. Around 17,000 Kyocera photovoltaic modules will be installed at the two facilities in Fushimi-ku.