Canadian Solar connects 19.1 MW solar park in Japan

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Chinese vertically integrated solar power company Canadian Solar has this week connected to the Japanese grid a 19.1 MW solar PV installation on the island of Honshu, Japan.

The Gunma Aramaki solar plant lies some 100km northwest of Tokyo and is comprised of 59,544 CS6X MaxPower Canadian Solar panels. The installation was both built and supplied by Canadian Solar as part of the firm’s expansive project development business.

A 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the largest energy utility in the country, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, is now up and running. The Canadian Solar plant is eligible for Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) at a rate of JPY 36 ($0.32)/kWh.

This 19.1 MW array pushes Canadian Solar’s Japanese downstream footprint in 2017 to above 100 MW, the company’s CEO Shawn Qu said, and is the first of two PV plants being developed by the firm in Japan’s Gunma prefecture.

“Today, we have successfully developed solar power plant projects in over 19 prefectures, further enhancing the geographic diversity of the operating portfolio we have developed across Japan,” Qu added.

Earlier this month the firm was awarded the development rights for 17 MW of solar capacity in Japan’s first large-scale auction.