Japan is on the eve of restarting nuclear power plants for the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011. The country has been reliant on imported energy since the disaster, but they have also been building renewable generation as a safe, domestic alternative to nuclear energy.
Last week the independent solar power producer, Etrion, announced that the last site of the Mito solar PV project in Japan had been connected to the grid.
Mito is a 9.3 megawatt utility-scale solar power project including five sites in the Ibaraki Prefecture. The Mito project encompasses a total of 28.3 hectares and is expected to produce a total of almost 10.5 million kWh of solar electricity per year. The project was built by Hitachi High-Tech using Canadian Solar poly-crystalline PV modules, fixed-tilt technology and Hitachi inverters.
The Mito solar PV project is owned 87% by Etrion and 13% by Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. Tokyo Electric will be buying the power produced by the project as part of a 20 year PPA (Power Purchase Agreement).
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.