Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. and Sharp Corporation are to cooperate on the Sakai City Waterfront Mega Solar Power Generation Plan in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, part of which will involve a significant on-site solar PV installation.
Under the plan, solar power generation is scheduled for development at two locations with a combined capacity of up to 28 MW.
The Sakai No. 7-3 District solar power plant will have an approximate capacity of 10 MW and the Sakai Manufacturing Complex facilities will have an output of around 9 MW initially, rising to a maximum of 18 MW.
The first will be built by Kansai Electric in Sakai No. 7-3 District, on an industrial waste landfill in Nishi Ward, Sakai City.
For the second development, Sharp and Kansai Electric will install solar power generation facilities on Sharp's and other companies' buildings in the complex, thus creating an on-site source of power.
The two companies are currently working out 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.
Kansai Electric plans build and operate solar power generation plants as part of its business and 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 around 5 MW solar generation system at the Kameyama plant, the site of integrated manufacturing of LCD panels and LCD TVs.