Canadian Solar has started operation of 52.5 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Japan in the first half of 2017.
The 52.5 MWp of plants include the 47.7 MWp Mashiki plant, the 2.4 MWp Yamagata Asahimachi plant, the 1.3 MWp Shizuoka Tashiro plant and the 1.1 MWp Saitama Shiroishi plant.
The Mashiki plant — powered by Canadian Solar’s MaxPower modules — is expected to generate approximately 57,000 MWh of solar electricity per year.
Kyushu Electric Power Co will purchase the power under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of JPY36.0 ($0.32) per kWh.
The Yamagata Asahimachi, Shizuoka Tashiro and Saitama Shiroishi plants — connected to the grid in March 2017 – will generate around 5,429 MWh of solar electricity per year. Power will be purchased under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of JPY32.0 ($0.28), JPY36.0 ($0.32) and JPY27.0 ($0.24) per kWh respectively.
“The 47.7 MWp Mashiki plant is the largest solar power plant that we have built there, which brings our total portfolio of projects in operation in Japan to 112.7 MWp,” said Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar.