One of the major characteristics of the Japanese PV market is the enormous pipeline of projects. Around 50 GW of projects have been approved and are waiting to be taken to the next phase of development or construction.
For this reason, as part of our preparation for the conference Solar Asset Management Asia (June 24-25, Tokyo), we have created an overview of the 23 largest PV projects in Japan that have plans to be realized in a few years.
The Top 10
|1||Ukujima Mega Solar Park||480||Ukujima, Sasebo City, Nagasaki||Unknown||2015|
|2||Setouchi Mega-Solar Project||231.44||Setouchi City, Okayama||Second Quarter (2019)||October (2014)|
|3||Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park||148||Rokkasho Village, Kamikita District, Aomori||November (2015)||August (2013)|
|4||SoftBank Tomatoh[Tomatou] Abira Solar Park||111||Abira Town, Yufutsu District, Hokkaido||Winter (2015)||Octorber (2013)|
|5||Watari Town Mega Solar Project||100||Watari Town, Watari District, Miyagi||Unknown||Unknown|
|6||Minamisoma City Mega Solar||100||Minamisoma City, Fukushima||2015||2012|
|7||Pacifico Energy Hosoe Mega-solar Project||96.2||Hosoe, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki||Second Quarter (2018)||March (2015)|
|8||Fukushima Nishigo Village Mega Solar Power Plant||76.5||Nishigo, Nishishirakawa District, Fukushima||2015||Unknown|
|9||Kamikita Rokkasho Photovoltaic Power Plant||71||Rokkasho Village, Kamikita District, Aomori||The End of 2016||April (2014)|
|10||Niigata Yotsugoya Mega-Solar Power Plant||54.569||Yotsugoya, Nishi Ward, Niigata City, Niigata||June (2018)||June (2015)|
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Some interesting observations from this overview
Most of these plants are to be completed in 2015 or 2016
Of the plants in this overview on which we have information, 33% will be completed in 2015, 38% is to be completed next year, and the remaining 28% is planned to be completed by 2017 or later (including the Setouchi Mega-Solar Project in the Okayama prefecture).
Most of the largest approved plants are in the Tohoku area
While in the overview of largest operating plants 18 out of the 25 plants are located in the Kyushu area, of the largest plants approved 10 will be constructed in the Tohoku area.
Many different stakeholders
Of the companies working on development of these projects, a few names are recurrent: ORIX, SB energy, Mitsui & Co ltd, Virginia Solar Group, GE Energy Financial Services.
EPC by Toyo Engineering
Japanese company Toyo Engineering is planning to provide EPC services for at least three plants in this overview (based on the information we have). Interestingly, Toyo Engineering has not been providing EPC services for any of the largest plants in Japan already in operation until now. This could indicate a strong entry in the PV space, or an increased focus on large scale PV plants.
TMEIC is very well represented
Just as in our overview of operational plants, TMEIC is playing an important role. Based on the information we have been able to obtain, the company is involved as an inverter provider for at least 6 of the plants in this overview.
We leave it to the readers to draw further observations and conclusions, so feel free to comment on this article and share it. Stay in the loop for further Top-X articles we are working on (including an overview of PV portfolios), or let us know any suggestions for such overviews.
To learn more about international experiences with the operational phase of PV plants, make sure to attend the conference Solar Asset Management Asia ( June 24-25 in Tokyo). Please visit www.solarassetmanagement.asia for more information.
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