Sonnedix connects 46.8 MW power plant in Japan

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The 46.8 MW Nagano Suwa Golf Megasolar PV plant has been connected to the grid in Japan’s Nagano prefecture, and was officially inaugurated this week in an event jointly hosted by project developer, Sonnedix and construction partner, JFE Plant Engineering, which provided EPC services.

The project was built on 127 hectares of land formerly used as a golf course, with construction getting underway back in May 2016. At 46.8 MW, the project will among the larger PV deployments seen in Japan, which suffers from limited land availability

Modules were supplied SunPower, and the project utilizes 22 inverters manufactured by TMEIC. Power generated at the plant will be sold to local utility, Chubu Electric Power Co Inc. under a 20-year PPA.

“It is an honor to celebrate the formal opening of Suwa solar PV plant,” said Sonnedix CEO, Andreas Mustad. “This achievement is an important step in our in-country growth and expansion strategy which will result in the company investing over $1.5 billion in the next few years, effectively making Sonnedix one of the leading players in the Japanese solar market”

The project is the first to be completed of a 170 MW pipeline, to be developed under a partnership between Sonnedix and U.S.-based solar investor, GSSG. In its press release, Sonnedix says it expects to bring its operational PV capacity in Japan to more than 400 MW.