Canadian Solar’s Gunma Aramaki solar power plant in Japan begins operations

Solar industry news : Canadian Solar says that its Gunma Aramaki solar power plant in Japan built at a cost of JPY5.4 billion ($47.0 million) having a capacity of 19.1MW has entered into commercial operations

Located about 100km northwest of Tokyo in Gunma Prefecture, the Gunma Aramaki solar power plant features nearly 60,000 solar panels, manufactured by Canadian Solar in the CS6X MaxPower line.

According to the Canadian solar photovoltaic modules manufacturer, the Gunma Aramaki solar plant has a capability of delivering about 23,830MWh of energy per annum. The generated volume will be bought by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO), the largest energy utility in Japan.

TEPCO will buy the power generated from the Gunma Aramaki solar power plant at the rate of JPY36.0 ($0.32) per kWh under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract.

Solar power plant panels

Solar power plant panels. Photo courtesy of Naypong at

Commenting on the Gunma Aramaki solar power project, Dr. Shawn Qu – the Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, said: “In 2017, we reached commercial operation on over 100MWp of solar power projects in Japan. Our 19.1MWp Gunma Aramaki project is the first of our two projects in the Gunma prefecture to have reached commercial operation.

“Today, we have successfully developed solar power plant projects in over 19 prefectures, further enhancing the geographic diversity of the operating portfolio we have developed across Japan.”

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