GE and Virgina Solar Commission Solar Project in Japan

By Editors of Power Engineering

GE Energy Financial Services and Virginia Solar Group announced they’ve begun commercial operations on its jointly-owned 42-MW Mimaska Musashi solar project in the Okayama prefecture of Japan.

Positioned on a former golf course, Pacifico Energy assumed construction and operations for the development. Engineering, procurement and construction was carried out by Toyo Engineering Corporation, while Yingli Green Energy and TMEIC, a Toshiba and Mitsubishi joint venture, supplied the photovoltaic panels and inverters.

The project sells its power to Chugoku Electric Power Company via a 20-year power purchase.

Mimaska Musahi is now one of three solar projects in Japan that are jointly owned by GE and Virginia Solar. The 96-MW Hosoe project is under development for completion in the first half of 2018, while the 32-MW Kumenan project is operational.

In a release, the companies noted the development is part of Mimaska’s goal of converting itself to a zero emission city and contributes to the overall goal of having 20 percent of all Japanese power generated from renewable resources.

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