Japan: GE to supply the Hosoe project


GE will be supporting the Hosoe 96.2MW project, set to commence operations in 2018, with its power solutions. The company has decided to tailor-make a "complete-equipment-and-20-year-lifecycle services" package for the Japanese solar market.

For this PV plant, the package entails 50 of GE Power Conversion’s 1.26MW Brilliance solar inverters along with transformers, ring main units and recombiners. The solutions will also be preassembled and optimized to enable easier integration. In the package rolled out by the U.S. multinational company, a 20-year LTSA (Long Term Services Agreement) is also included. This LTSA guarantees availability of inverter equipment over the period and also ensures plant performance is maintained throughout.

The Hosoe project has also been financially supported by GE. The company invested equity in the project in March this year along with two other Pacifico projects in Japan, Kumeana and Mimasaka Musashi, in a greater cause to help Japan meet its renewable energy target of 20% by 2020.

"The fact that we can harness solar energy on a mass scale goes to show how far innovation has come in recent years, and this venture with Pacifico is one of many that we will be seeing in Japan and across the world," said John Chatwin, Power and Industry Segment Leader, GE Power Conversion. "GE is dedicated to enabling renewable energy production because we know that these projects are shaping the future energy landscape."