Japan: Shimozuru power plant goes online

The opening ceremony today was attended by Izumi City Mayor Toshihiko Shibuya, Kagoshima prefectural assembly member Fumiharu Horiguchi, Solar Frontier’s General Manager of Domestic Sales Akira Ueno, and others.

The 20,000 square meter power plant is operated by Izumi Solar Project K.K., a joint venture company funded by several locals. Construction of the plant started in July this year. The 1,220,000 kWh generated annually will be sold to Kyushu Electric Power Company.

Solar Frontier states that this is a rare case in terms of site selection as the region is one of the "100 soundscapes of Japan". The region around the solar installation is the host site for 10,000 hooded and white-naped cranes that fly in from Siberia around October every year.

Solar Frontier Director and Senior Vice President Atsuhiko Hirano stated, "The selection of solar panels from our company for installation at a wintering ground for cranes, a symbol of Japan, shows that Solar Frontier’s CIS thin-film solar modules blend well with the surrounding environment and landscape."