Canadian Solar connects 27.3 MW PV plant in Japan

Canadian Solar has connected a 27.3 MW project to the grid in Japan’s Tottori Prefecture. According to Canadian Solar, the project was connected on August 10th, and comprises 85,000 of its Max-Power modules.

The offtaker for the power plant is local utility Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc, which has signed a 20-year PPA feed in tariff contract with Canadian, at the rate of JPY 40 ($0.32)/kWh.

“The successful grid connection of the 27.3 MW plant is another testament to Canadian Solar’s capability in project development and construction, and it enlarges our portfolio of operating solar power projects in Japan to 137.8 MW, says Chairman and CEO at Canadian Solar Shawn Qu. “We will continue to execute on our energy business strategy to develop and deliver more quality solar projects in Japan and other countries.”

Canadian Solar has been very active in project development in Japan this year, having secured more than JPY 9 billion in financing from both Goldman Sachs and the Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company for its downstream projects in Japan. The company connected four projects in the first half of the year, including the 47.7 MW Mashiki plant – its biggest in the country to date.