Sakai City, Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric), and Sharp Corporation today agreed to cooperate on the Sakai City Waterfront Mega Solar Power Generation Plan in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
|Under the plan, mega solar power generation is scheduled for the following two locations.
||Sakai No. 7-3 District Solar Power Generation Plant (tentative name)
Output: Approx. 10 MW (10,000 kW)
||Sakai Manufacturing Complex Solar Power Generation Facilities (tentative name)
Output: Approx. 9 MW (9,000 kW) to start, with maximum of 18 MW (18,000 kW)
The first will be built by Kansai Electric in Sakai No. 7-3 District, on an industrial waste landfill in Nishi Ward, Sakai City.
As for the second, Sharp and Kansai Electric will install solar power generation
facilities on Sharp’s and other companies’ buildings in
the complex, thus creating an in-complex source of power. The two
companies are currently working out the details of the running of
these solar power facilities. Sharp intends to use thin-film silicon
solar modules, which will be produced at the solar cell plant that
is scheduled to go online in March 2010.
Sakai City is positioning this plan as a key part of its Cool City Sakai*,
an initiative for a low-carbon metropolis. The city is working with
Kansai Electric and Sharp to bring this initiative to fruition.
The two solar power generation facilities scheduled to be built
in the waterfront district of Sakai will have a combined output of
approx. 28 MW (28,000 kW), making this one of the world’s largest
solar power facilities. Like nuclear power and hydroelectric power,
solar power produces no CO2 during the power generation process. When
completed and operating, this project will result in CO2 emission
reductions of approximately 10,000 tons a year.
Through this plan, Kansai Electric will build and operate solar
power generation plants as part of its business. The company hopes
to contribute to the proliferation of solar power by studying how
to overcome various obstacles and publicly sharing the knowledge it
gains in the process.
Sharp is already operating an approx. 5-MW (5,000 kW) solar power generation
system at the Kameyama Plant, the site of integrated manufacturing
of LCD panels and LCD TVs. By installing an even bigger system, the
manufacturing complex in Sakai will be the ultimate environmentally
advanced production base.
With this agreement to jointly build solar power facilities, the
three parties are working towards the realization of a low-carbon
metropolis, with Kansai Electric and Sharp participating in the organizational
structure that Sakai City has set up to run its Cool City Sakai initiative.
||Cool City Sakai: A plan to create “Cool City Sakai,”
a low-carbon metropolis that provides its citizens with both sustainable
prosperity and living comfort.
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