Solar becoming par for the course in Japan

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If the sport of golf is “a good walk spoiled”, Korean conglomerate LG has ensured solar power is a good sport spoiled with the latest addition to its PV portfolio in Japan.

LG CNS, an IT services and system integration subsidiary of the famous Korean brand, today announced on its company blog the completion of a 56 MW solar park, built over a former 27-hole golf course in the Mine region of Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture.

The development – which LG CNS says took 19 months to construct, created 10,000 jobs and cost KRW160 billion ($149 million) – is the company’s fourth largest Japanese solar project, following the 10 MW Shimane scheme, a 33 MW park in Tojo and a 31 MW development in Shirakawa.

The Shin Mine project’s developer says the solar park covers 2.3 sq km, uses 170,000 panels and will produce 62 GWh per year in what is the world’s third biggest solar market, behind China and the U.S. The project was awarded LG CNS by Canadian Solar in 2016.

LG CNS – whose domestic solar projects include a 6 MW floating solar project in Sangju, North Gyeongsang and a 4.5km stretch of PV panel-shaded cycle path between the cities of Sejong and Daejeon – is preparing to launch a big data Energy Optimization Center this year, according to the company blog.

The center will collate data from all of the Korean giant’s energy projects to maximize energy efficiency and operational effectiveness.