Daisen town, Saihaku district, Tottori prefecture
Construction of a large-scale solar power plant was completed at the foot of Mt. Daisen, the highest peak in the San'in region.
Canadian Solar Projects K.K. donated “Daisen Canadian Garden” to Daisen Town to commemorate completion, and as a way to contribute to the community.
Mt. Daisen is known as one of Japan's seven sacred mountains, and 2018 marks 1300 years since the associated temple was founded. It is also the highest peak in the San'in region, and the surrounding area, Daisen Oki National Park is protected for its rich natural environment. It is also recognized as a Japanese heritage site founded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs based on rich traditions and cultures such as practicing of Jizo faith and having Japan's largest horse and cattle market.
Canadian Solar Projects K.K., which is engaged in energy business as a group company of Canadian Solar, developed the 27MWp Tottori Daisen town power plant at the foot of the majestic Mt. Daisen in Daisen town, Saihaku-gun, Tottori prefecture. Commercial operation started in August 2017.
As part of the commemoration of the completion of the project and as a contribution to the community, the company built the Daisen Canadian Garden with the concept of “Coexistence of Nature and Mega Solar / Great Challenge”. On 23rd August 2019, a ceremony was held to donate the completed park to Daisen Town.
The presentation ceremony was held at the Daisen Rural Environment Improvement Center in Daisen Town, attended by members of the Diet including Tottori Prefectural Governor Shinji Hirai, member of the House of Representatives Ryosei Akazawa, and member of the House of Councilors Mr. Shouji Maitachi, and other officials.
Canadian Solar Projects K.K. General Manager Jeff Roy said, “This garden is a symbol of how we accept new challenges while protecting abundant nature using a solar power plant. I hope it will be a gathering place for everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature." Mr. Makoto Matsubara, President of Daisen Maebata K.K., the land provider of Daisen Canadian Garden, also took the stage and said, “Please come to this garden, and enjoy jogging and walking in the surroundings, bird watching in the goshawk forest, and taking in the wonderful panoramic views of Daisen, the islands of Oki, and the Sea of Japan."
After that, each of them presented a catalog of Daisen Canadian Garden and the 673m³ of land to be used to Hironori Takeguchi, Mayor of Daisen town. Mayor Takeguchi said, “With the expectations of residents of Daisen town in mind, we will place priority on maintaining this garden. I am very happy to see this wonderful park called Daisen Canadian Garden. I would like this Garden to become central to organizing further activities that connect the local community.”
The Tottori Daisen Power Plant, located in Daisen town, Toyofusa area, is made up of two mega solar power plants built approximately 1km apart. Since the neighborhood is a diverse and rich ecological environment with Daisen's natural forest and wild animals and plants, careful development was carried out in close cooperation with local communities, local governments, and environmental organizations.
The 27MWp power plant can provide electricity via clean renewable energy to the equivalent of about 8,000 households. Canadian Solar Projects K.K. hopes that this power plant will help to reduce the effects of climate change and protect the future environment around Daisen.
※Coverage: August 2019