February 13, 2015
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsubishi Corporation Commence Operation of Mega-Solar Plant in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima (on land owned by Nippon Paper Industries)
Shikoku’s largest solar power plant to generate around 21 megawatts and sell under FIT system through joint investment company established between Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsubishi Corporation
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Fumio Manoshiro, hereinafter referred to as “Nippon Paper Industries”) and Mitsubishi Corporation (President: Ken Kobayashi) are pleased to announce that they have completed, on schedule, the construction of the solar power generation facilities (capacity of approximately 21 megawatts: see Note) on part of the land (approximately 250,000 m2) (*) owned by Nippon Paper Industries in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture. Commercial operation commenced on February 1, 2015, and an inauguration ceremony was held today.
(*) Note: Solar module capacity
Komatsushima-shi in Tokushima Prefecture has among the country’s highest annual sunshine hours. This represents Shikoku’s largest mega-solar project, and it is operated by Nippon Paper Mega Solar Komatsushima Limited Liability Company, a special-purpose company (SPC) jointly established on the strength of Nippon Paper Industries’ assets and technology, as well as the operating expertise that Mitsubishi Corporation has accumulated to date. The electricity to be generated is sold to Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (President: Akira Chiba) under Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) system, a renewable energy fixed price purchasing system.
Nippon Paper Industries is striving to grow as a comprehensive biomass company, while it is determined to remain focused on expanding the energy business as the Group’s new primary source of revenue through the effective utilization of management resources, including land, power generation facilities and the related expertise to operate these facilities. The Mega-Solar Project in Komatsushima represents the second project for Nippon Paper Industries in its solar power generation business following Otake Mill (Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture; approximately 826kW capacity: see Note). Mitsubishi Corporation has developed mega-solar operations totaling 140 megawatts in eight locations around Japan, and will remain focused on addressing issues such as the improvement of the energy self-sufficiency ratio and global warming through its renewable energy business.
[Mega-Solar power generation plant in operation]
1. Outline of Project
(1) Location: 1 Toyoura-cho, Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima Prefecture
(2) Site Area: 250,000 m2
(3) Power Generation Scale: approximately 21 megawatts
(4) Electricity Sold To: Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
2. Outline of Limited Liability Company
(1) Official Company Name: Nippon Paper Mega Solar Komatsushima Limited Liability Company
(2) Date of Establishment: March 7, 2013
(3) Capital Structure: Nippon Paper Industries 50%, Mitsubishi Corporation 50%
(4) Business Summary: Solar Power Generation Business
Inquiry RecipientNippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
Telephone:+81-3-6665-1016 / Facsimile:+81-3-6665-0309
Inquiry RecipientMitsubishi Corporation
Telephone:+81-3-3210-2171 / Facsimile:+81-3-5252-7705