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LG CNS Turns 27-hole Golf Course into Solar Power Plant in Japan
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LG CNS Turns 27-hole Golf Course into Solar Power Plant in Japan
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • June 1, 2018, 10:59
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LG CNS has completed a 56-megawatt solar power plant on an abandoned 27-hole golf course in Mine City, Yamaguchi of Japan.
LG CNS has completed a 56-megawatt solar power plant on an abandoned 27-hole golf course in Mine City, Yamaguchi of Japan.

LG CNS has built a large solar power plant on an abandoned 27-hole golf course in Japan.

The company announced on May 31 that it has completed a 56-megawatt solar power plant in Mine City, Yamaguchi of Japan. The photovoltaic power plant completed this time is larger than the three others LG CNS built in Japan. The power plant has an area of 1.42 million square meters, equal the size of 200 football fields put together. The company used 170,000 solar panels to build it.

The new power plant can annually produce 62 GWh of electricity and can satisfy power demand of the Mine City’s 25,000 citizens for about two years. The project has run for 19 months since November 2016 and cost a total of 160 billion won. The newly built power plant stands eighth in terms of power generation volume among 7,000 solar power plants in Japan.

LG CNS set up a Japanese corporation in 2013 and has since built four photovoltaic power plants, including the latest one in Mine City. The other three plants were also built on abandoned golf courses. They are located in Shirakawa (31 MW), Tojo (33 MW) and Shimane (10 MW).

Since the nuclear power plant meltdown in Fukushima in 2011, Japan has actively introduced photovoltaic power generation plants. The Japanese solar power generation market is the third largest in the world after those of China and the US.

LG CNS has completed facilities whose total capacities are 480MW in the power generation and storage area since the start of its new and renewable energy business in 2007. Of these, facilities with capacities of 212MW were built in overseas countries such as Japan, Bulgaria, Guam and Sri Lanka. As a result, LG CNS's sales in the renewable energy sector which were only 14.1 billion won in 2013, nearly decupled to 104.1 billion won last year.