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Canadian Solar plugs in two solar projects in Japan

Canadian Solar Inc. has brought two photovoltaic solar facilities online in Japan with a combined generation capacity of 12.7 MWp.

"We are pleased to announce the successful grid connection of two additional solar power plants in Japan, which brings our total portfolio of operating plants in Japan to 58.51 MWp," said Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu in a Jan. 18 company release.

The 10.2-MWp Aomori solar facility in Rokunohe Town, Aomori Prefecture reached commercial operations on Dec. 27, 2016, and is capable of producing 11,695 MWh of power annually. Its output will be sold to Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract priced at 31 cents per kWh.

Meanwhile, the 2.5 MWp Saitama Minano solar plant in Minano Town, Saitama Prefecture, with a yearly output of 2,978 MWh, was energized on Dec. 22, 2016. The electricity will be purchased by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract priced at 27 cents per kWh.