Kawasaki City (Mayor Takao Abe) and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu) agreed to jointly implement a mega solar project to construct solar power plants in the Ukishima and Ohgishima districts in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa that will have a total output of about 20,000 kW.
With the start of plant operation slated for FY 2011, this project will be jointly carried out by Kawasaki City and TEPCO. The city government will provide part of the land to build the solar power plants and promote and publicize solar power generation through the project, while TEPCO will undertake the construction and operation of solar power plants as a power supply facility. The project consists of the following facilities:
- Ukishima Solar Power Plant (provisional name)
A solar power plant with an approximate output of 7,000 kW to be built in the Ukishima First Waste Landfill owned by Kawasaki City.
- Ohgishima Solar Power Plant (provisional name)
A solar power plant with an approximate output of 13,000 kW to be built on land owned by TEPCO.
- Solar Power Generation PR Center (provisional name)
A facility to promote and publicize solar power generation to people in Kawasaki and elsewhere that will be operated by Kawasaki City within its Ukishima Incineration Plant.
With a total output of approximately 20,000 kW, the above two power plants will become one of the largest solar power generation facilities in Japan and are expected to produce about 21 million kWh annually, which is equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 5,900 households. The project is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 8,900 tons a year.
Kawasaki City is taking anti-global warming measures under the "Carbon Challenge Kawasaki Eco-Strategy." The city government is trying to play the leading role in creating a low-carbon society, through activities such as installing solar power systems in public facilities and providing subsidies for the installation of residential solar power systems. Using this project as a powerful driving force, Kawasaki City will further the efforts to introduce, promote and demonstrate solar power generation and other new energy sources. By fostering these activities and creating an area where R&D facilities and cutting-edge technologies in fields such as the environment, welfare, medicine and healthcare are concentrated, Kawasaki aims to become a global center that contributes to the well-being of people around the world.
For TEPCO, this is the first project to install mega solar power generation systems as a power
supply facility. The company has already been supporting the widespread use solar power generation in many ways, for example, by building its own facilities, providing energy services based on solar power generation, purchasing surplus electricity at prices taking account of eco-friendliness, and offering funds to introduce systems through the Green Power Fund. TEPCO will continue to strive to expand the use of renewable energy and to facilitate the proliferation of solar power generation, with the aim of increasing the use of nonfossil energy sources as a means to create a low-carbon society.
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