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2021

2021/02/10 News

Fukushima-Yabuki Town Solar Power Plant CoD on December 16, 2020

Banpu Japan would like to announce that Fukushima-Yabuki Town Solar Power Plant operated by Prime Smart Solar Yaubki GK (Location: 559 Aza Minamimachi, Yabuki-cho, Nishi-Shirakawa District, Fukushima Prefecture), one of the Banpu Group’s co-investment has commenced commercial operation on December 16, 2020.

The Fukushima-Yabuki Town Solar Power Plant has a generation capacity of 9.83 MW DC / 6.93 MW AC. This scale can supply electricity to about 1,700 households in the area.

This solar power plant, established on a forest and mountain land, has been equipped with approximately 36,000 solar modules, an inverter 66kV substation and 6.6kV transformers. The total investment is approximate 3.41 billion yen.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents, local governments, and local companies for their support and cooperation as we reach the completion of the construction. With the local people’s collaboration, we will continue to carry out meaningful business over the next 20 years.

Yabuki project will be named “Sawadee Yabuki Hatsudensho.” This means Hello Yabuki Power Plant. We would like to show our friendliness and warm greeting to the community.

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2020

2020/11/16 News

Sugimoto-Yamagata Power Plant CoD

Banpu Japan would like to announce that Kawanishi Solar Power Plant operated by YMG, GK (Location: 2026 Obune, Higashiokitama-gun, Yamagata Prefecture), one of the Banpu Group’s investment has commenced commercial operation on November 16, 2020.

 

The Kawanishi Solar Power Plant is the largest solar power plant in our Japan’s investment. It has a generation capacity of 25.4 MW DC / 20 MW AC. This scale can supply electricity to about 5,000 households in the area.

 

This solar power plant, constructed on former Yonezawa Golf Club (60ha) land, has been equipped with 75,852 Trina Solar’s solar modules, ten units of Schneider power conditioner, Takaoka Toko’s multi-circuit switches, and special high-voltage substation equipment. As the special high-voltage substation locates far from the solar power plant, it is connected by 11 km-length cables, which is lined underground.

 

Trina Solar Japan Energy Co., Ltd. was responsible for project development, which included the design, procurement, and management. Ortiz Energy Japan co., Ltd. was EPC company.

 

This project is financed by Bangkok bank, Tokyo branch. The loan agreement was signed in December 2016, with a total investment of approximately 10 billion yen.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents, local governments, and local companies for their support and cooperation as we reach the completion of such a large-scale construction. With the local people’s cooperation, we will continue to carry out meaningful business over the next 20 years.

 

Lastly, we will name the power plant “Kawanishi Dahlia Solar Power Plant” in the hope that this solar power plant will be familiar to the local people. We look forward to working with you in the future.

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2020/06/18 News

Donation of 500 Survival Kits to the Royal Thai Embassy for Thai Nationals in Japan

Mr. Wataru Shima, CEO of Banpu Japan K.K., paid a courtesy visit to Ambassador Singtong Lapisatepun at the embassy. Besides the discussion of company current business, Mr. Shima handed 500 survival kits to the Thai Embassy for the distribution to the Thai who are suffered by the effect of coronavirus pandemic in Japan. On this occasion, we have received the appreciation letter from the Thai embassy.
Banpu Group will continue to carry out various efforts to help Japan under the coronavirus crisis.

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2020/06/01 News

Supporting Thai workers returning to Thailand

Banpu Group donated 95 dinner boxes to support Thai workers who repatriated to Thailand via Mr. Saichon Akanitvong, Minister-counsellor, Office of Labor Affairs in Japan.

Mr. Wataru Shima, CEO of Banpu Japan K.K. and team, on behalf of Banpu Group assisted them when checking in at Plat Hostel Keikyu Haneda Home and distributed Thai dinner boxes on that night.

The returnees were Thai technical workers coming from Fukuoka to Tokyo to fly back to Thailand on June 2, 2020. With the support from the royal Thai embassy and other business units, they had arrived Thailand safely.

Banpu Group will continue to carry out various efforts to help Japan under the coronavirus crisis.

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2020/04/24 News

Banpu Japan Conducts FOMM ONE Test Drive Event

Recently, Banpu Japan conducted FOMM ONE test drive event at Smart City AiCT in Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. FOMM ONE is the world’s smallest class 4-seater electric vehicle with a maximum speed of 80 km/h and mileage of 166 km/h – developed by FOMM Corporation, a leading compact electric vehicle (EV) development company in Japan, which Banpu Group hold 21.5 percent. FOMM ONE will be available in Japan starting from autumn 2020.

 

Banpu Japan will continue to develop a mobility service business that utilizes renewable energy to support the local communities, residents, and public in Japan, as well as provide car-sharing services with clean energy.

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2020/04/24 News

Banpu Japan Supports Electricity Supply to Light Up Tsurugajo Sakura Festival

In April 2020, Banpu Japan supported the electricity supply to light up Tsurugajo Sakura Festival in Sannomaru area, Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture. The light created a stunning view of the Tsurugajo Castle, surrounded by the blooming of Sakura, which presented a remarkable night in Aizu Wakamatsu City.

 

The light-up event revealed a good showcase of how Banpu Japan integrated the local production and local consumption of renewable energy in Aizu Wakamatsu City.

 

The electricity supply used the batteries of electric vehicle (EV), which was charged from Banpu Japan Solar Power Plant, Nari Aizu, and transported to Sannomaru area of Tsurugajo Castle to supply power at the festival.

 

Banpu Japan will continue our commitment to provide sustainable energy to Japan and be a good corporate citizen in everywhere we operate.

 

*This event is currently stopped due to the COVID-19 impact.

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2020/04/03 News

Groundbreaking Ceremony of Shirakawa Solar Power Project

On 27 February 2020, Banpu Japan held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Shirakawa Solar Power Project, led by Mr. Wataru Shima, CEO of Banpu Japan. The celebration was blessed by the sun and snow, with 32 participants attending the ceremony including Shirakawa city officers, local authorities, and project partners.

 

Shirakawa Solar Power Project will generate 10.9–MW power generation capacity. The Commercial Operation Date (COD) is expected in December 2021. It is located in a peaceful place surrounded by rice farm and hill close to Shinshirakawa Station. The project has already started the construction work, mobilized heavy excavation machines to the site, and began the deforestation process.

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2020/02/13 News

Banpu Group Invests 19.9% stake in Global Engineering - Unveiling Its Virtual Power Plant & Energy Trading Business in Japan

Banpu Japan Kabushiki Kaisha (Banpu Japan), a subsidiary of Banpu Power Public Company Limited (Banpu Power), a leading power-generating company operating both base-load and renewable power businesses across the Asia-Pacific region, has recently completed share purchase agreement to invest in Global Engineering Co., Ltd. (Global), a leading power retailer headquartered in Fukuoka, Japan, for obtaining the 19.9% of Global’s issued stock. This share purchase not only represents an expansion of Banpu Japan’s engagement in Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and Energy Trading business as a platform for efficient future power consumption in Japan, but also emphasizes its Greener & Smarter strategy, as well as its strategic action toward decentralization of energy and deregulation of the electricity industry in Japan which are enabled by state-of-the-art digital technologies.

 

Currently, Global is providing its services to 2,000 industrial customers and actively participating in the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform in Japan. Banpu Japan and Global will work together in providing demand management solutions which is deployed at a rapid pace following the growth of renewable investments in Japan and South East Asia.

 

Mr. Wataru Shima, Chief Executive Officer of Banpu Japan, said, “I am confident that this investment will make strategic sense in the coming power business landscape where energy decentralization is realized at a faster pace. Our focus on the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and Energy Trading platform will pave the way for our next phase of growth in the Internet of Energy through clean and innovative energy solutions which have become more crucial in Japan. Besides, it could create a competitive advantage to our power generation and distribution business as well as stronger integration across Banpu Group’s business ecosystem related to energy in order to drive sustainable growth according to the Greener & Smarter strategy.”

2019

2019/12/24 News

Kurokawa Photovoltaic Power Generation (Osato Solar Park) - Commercial Operation

Banpu Power Japan (BPPJP) is pleased to announce that Kurokawa Mega-Solar Project has achieved COD (Commercial Operation Date) on December 13, 2019, which is the largest operation asset in BPPJP sponsored current portfolio, having 28.8MWdc/18.9MWac output capacity. It has the capability in providing electricity for 5,000 residents.
BPPJP acquired this project in 2016 in which the development was conducted together with Trina Solar Japan Energy and the construction by juwi Shizen Energy. The module is Trina Solar’s panel and inverter is a product of TMEIC. Over 80,000 panels are installed over the project site.
The site was built on a forestry land with the total development area around 35 hector.
The construction was commenced in March 2018 and the facility was successfully connected to the grid on 13 December 2019. The produced electricity will be sold under a power purchase agreement with Tohoku Utility for 20 years.
Kurokawa Project is under a project-financing scheme provided by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation together with other four syndicated lenders. We successfully entered into the loan agreement with the lenders in June 2018. The total investment is roughly 12 billion Japanese Yen.
Furthermore, BPPJP is committed to stay close to the community and continue meaningful business for the local for the next 20 years. In response to damage of flooding around Osato town caused by typhoon 19, BPPJP provided support and donation to Osato Town in October 2019.

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2019/06/27 News

Banpu Power Japan held the Mukawa Solar Power Plant Opening Ceremony

On 6 June 2019, Banpu Power (Japan) Tokyo Branch, a subsidiary of Banpu Power Public Company Limited, held the opening ceremony of Mukawa Solar Power Plant. The project consists of 86,000 solar panels on the 40-hectare land with PV Module output 22 MWdc/17 MWac.

The beautiful weather blessed the ceremony with 60 honorable guests attending. Mr. Wataru Shima, Chief Executive Officer of Banpu Power (Japan) Tokyo Branch expressed the gratitude toward Mukawa town, residents, EPC vendors, and financial institutions for the continuous support during the development and construction over the past 5 years to date.

Mr. Yoshiyuki Takenaka, Mukawa Town Mayor, also expressed his gratefulness on Banpu’s contribution to the steady renewable energy supply for Mukawa town through Hokkaido Electric Power Company, together with the donation of 5 units of solar battery and stand from the Company in the late March 2019.

The ceremony was formerly scheduled on 13 September 2018 following the commercial operation date (COD) on 1 August 2018. Nonetheless, it was postponed due to an earthquake that occurred in Hokkaido on 6 September 2018. The incident included severe damage to the people in Mukawa town and partially affected 2 units of 17 power conditioners at the Mukawa Solar Power Plant which later on was completely recovered in early December 2018.

Following Banpu’s policy to be a good citizen in every country where it operates, Banpu Power Japan will continue our commitment to contribute to the sustainable development of the society and environment for Mukawa town in Japan.

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2019/03/28 News

Banpu donated 5 x movable solar & battery stands to Mukawa Town in Hokkaido

On March 27, 2019, BanpuGroup donated five movable solar charging stands worth JPY 3 million to local people in Mukawa town in Hokkaido, and presented them to the mayor of Mr. Yoshiyuki Takenaka at the Mukawa town government office in Hokkaido.

Movable solar charging stand enables simultaneous charging of four mobile phones from the USB port, and when the built-in battery is fully charged, supplies power to approximately 120 mobile phones even at night or on rainy days.

The five stands are installed at four facilities in Mukawa town, and the breakdown is two stands at the Shiki-no-yakata road-side station, one at the Mukawa town office, one at the Mukawa town office Hobetsu branch, and last one at the Hobetsu Museum.

On the next day after the Hokkaido Iburi Eastern Earthquake occurred on September 6, 2018, Banpu Power employee visited Mukawa town, and brought dried foods and mobile charging devices for local residents who have evacuated due to the aftershocks and blackouts.

Since our experience, Banpu has been considering measures to supply power to Mukawa town in the event of an emergency or blackout, and this time, Banpu donated a movable solar charging stand.

We believe that mobile solar charging stands will be useful to everyone in Mukawa town’s daily life and in any crisis situation.

As a good corporate citizen, Banpu will continue to work with the residents of Mukawa town.

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2019/03/07 News

Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant engaged the emergency support agreement with Aizu Wakamatsu city

On March 6, 2019, “Agreement on Supplying Power from Emergency Power Supply at Disaster”between Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture and Aizu Solar Energy Godo Kaisha, Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant was engaged.

Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant is equipped with an “Emergency Power Supply System”, a facility that enables local residents to use power as an emergency power supply in the event of a disaster or blackout.

The emergency power supply system is equipped with a battery, and with a 100V AC power supply for charging mobile phones and a 200V AC ordinary charging device for electric vehicles.

As a preparation, we would like to promote the presenceof emergency power supply system for  Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant to local people in the area.

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2019/02/08 News

Banpu announces its investment in FOMM Corporation,

Banpu group head, Banpu Public Company Limited, a leading integrated energy solutions company in Asia-Pacific, announced a strategic investment and signed an agreement to purchase a 21.5% share in FOMM Corporation, developer and manufacturer of Compact EV from Japan. The investment, worth USD 20 million or approximately THB 635 million made through Banpu Infinergy Company Limited, Banpu’s subsidiary, reflects Banpu Group’s mission to operate its integrated energy solutions business with an emphasis on sustainable growth under the Greener & Smarter strategy.

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2018

2018/12/07 News

Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant - Opening Ceremony

On 7 December 2018, we held a ceremony for the 
completion of the Nari Aizu solar power plant. 
On the day, we gathered more than 70 people in 
Aizuwakamatsu City including Mr. Shohei Muroi
of Aizuwakamatsu City Mayor, related persons 
in Aizuwakamatsu City and Bandai Town, 
construction companies, financial institutions, 
local media and so on.
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2018/12/01 News

Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant - Commercial Operation

On 1 December 2018, Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant 
started commercial operation. With PV Module output
26 MW, and AC output 20.46 MW, we will supply 
electricity to the local community through Tohoku 
Electric Power Company's transmission network. 
In the event of a power outage (blackout), power 
can be supplied to mobile phones by 100V power 
supply and to electric cars with 200 V power supply
 as well, which is enabled through standalone 
"emergency power equipment".
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2018/11/19 News

Announcement - office relocation

We are pleased to inform you that we will move the 
company to the following address for business expansion.
As this is the opportunity to encourage all employees 
to work, we sincerely look forward to your patronage.

New address:
PO Box No.116
Kasumigaseki Building 33rd Floor
3-2-5, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
Japan 100-6033
Phone: 03-6205-4665
FAX: 03-6205-4689
Business start date: November 19, 2018
2018/08/01 News

Mukawa Town Solar Park Power Plant - Commercial Operation

"Mukawa Solar Park Power Plant", which had 
been built in Mukawa town, Hokkaido began 
the commercial operation on 1st August 2018. 
We will supply electricity to the region 
through the transmission network of Hokkaido 
Electric Power Co., Ltd. with 22 MW of solar 
module output and 17 MW of grid connection
output.
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2017

2017/05/26 News

Awaji Nojima Okawa Power Plant - Opening Ceremony

On 26 May 26 2017, Opening Ceremony for "Nojima Okawa Power Plant", located in Awaji city, Hyogo Pref, took place. On the day, we were blessed with fine weather, and we gathered with more than 50 people from local neighborhood, construction companies and financial institutions. We will supply electricity to the region through the transmission network of Kansai Electric Power Co., Ltd. with approx. 9.8 MW of solar panel output and 7.9 MW of grid connection output.
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2016

2016/07/12 News

Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant - Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of Nari Aizu Solar Power Plant took place on 12th July 2016.

The construction will be complete on 1st June 2018. At the ceremony, the relevant contractors prayed for safety during the construction.

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2016/05/13 Project

[Shiga Hino City Solar Farm] Start Operation.

The construction of Shiga Hino City Solar Farm in Shiga Prefecture (Total Output Capacity : 3,500 kW/AC) has been completed, and started commercial operation on May 13th.

 

Project Name : Shiga Hino Solar Farm
Location : Hino Town, Gamo District, Shiga Prefecture.
Total Out Put : 3,500kW (AC) / 4,600 kW (DC)
Area : 50,000 m2

2015

2015/12/11 Project

Sakura Solar Farm No.1 Starts Operation.

The construction of Sakura Solar Farm No.1 in Tochigi Prefecture (Total Output Capacity: 1,990 kW (AC) has been completed, and started commercial operation on 21 April 2016.

Project Name: Sakura Solar Farm No.1
Location: Kanokohata, Sakura District, Tochigi Prefecture.
Total Out Put: 1,990kW(AC) / 2,399.04 kW(DC)
Area: 34,100 m2

2015/04/23 News

Business Agreement secured with Aizu Wakamatsu City

Aizu Solar Energy GK has secured a Business Agreement with Aizu Wakamatsu city to develop a mega solar power plant at Kawahigashi town, Aizu Wakamatsu city.
For the solar power plant, it is planned to use a 500,000m2 site at Hatta, Kawahigashi town for a 20MW(AC) capacity output.