Orion Beer operating mega solar power plant
May 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
Three mega solar power plants, constructed by the Orion Beer company in Okinawa, have been switched on. On May 12, at the Orion Arashiyama Mega Solar Power Plant at Kogachi, Nago, the company held an opening and celebration. Orion Beer is the first food and beverage company in Okinawa to start a solar power generation project. The total power generation from the three plants is expected to be five megawatts, and revenue from electricity sales is expected to be about 220 million yen per year.
In addition to the Arashiyama plant, the company set up a mega solar power plant at Nakaoshi, Nago and at Nishizaki, Itoman. The three plants have been fitted with a total of 21,090 Japanese-made panels, and have a total area of 21,000 square meters, 26,000 square meters and 16,000 square meters respectively. The total investment is 1.8 billion yen. Nishizaki and Nakaoshi plants started their operations from April 1, and Arashiyama plant was running from April 25.
The power production will be about 5.5 million kilowatts, which will cover the annual power consumption of about 950 households. Power generation is expected to be equal to half the electricity used by the company’s brewery in Nago annually. The three plants will be managed by a new, wholly-owned Orion Beer subsidiary company.
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine commended the initaitve in a speech at the ceremony.
“Clean energy development is proceeding by people utilizing natural resources to replace the nuclear power plant in the world. Orion Beer will be a leading company in this field through its efforts to create clean energy. The solar power plants will also highlight Nago’s good, eco-minded image,” he said.
Yoshio Kadekaru, the president of Orion Beer, said, “We expect that annual power production being generated from three plants will cover about a thousand households.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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