ABB has fitted 1,040 of its photovoltaic panels to the roof of its ABB Bailey factory in Izunokuni city, Shizuoka, as a demonstration of its solar applications and to supply half of the factory’s peak electricity demands from solar.
The installation also includes an inverter, junction boxes, a transformer and a ring main unit, all manufactured by ABB.
The factory also has a demonstration single-axis ABB tracker unit and the system will be monitored by the automation company’s Symphony Plus monitoring system both firsts for Japan.
ABB intends to add a remote monitoring function to the Symphony system to demonstrate the remote possibilities it can offer customers.
The introduction by the Japanese government of a FIT of Y42/kWh (US$0.5/kWh) in July sparked a solar gold rush in the country which has continued despite a 10% FIT reduction introduced for the 2013 fiscal year.