1.6MW ‘Self-consumption-type’ Mega Solar Plant Combined With Wind Farm

DIC Corp is a well-established chemical manufacturer that started business by producing and selling printing ink in 1908. The company changed its name from Dainippon Ink and Chemicals Inc to DIC Corp in 2008 as it broadened its business area and facilitated global development based on its organic paint and synthetic resin technologies.

Reducing CO2 emissions while growing

Among its plants at nine locations in Japan, organic paint and other products are manufactured at Kashima Plant in Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

On January 26, 2018, a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of 1.6MW was completed at Kashima Plant. This plant is unique in that all the generated power is consumed within the plant without using the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. Among the mega-solar plants that consume all generated power by themselves, this is the largest class in Japan.

DIC built this plant for self-consumption of generated power with the aim of positioning it as part of the DIC Group’s activities to stop global warming as an environmental value. The DIC Group advocates the goal to “cut the absolute amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 1% every year and achieve a 7% reduction by 2020 compared with the amount in 2013.”

In light of this goal, the group has undertaken various activities through a group-wide energy-saving working group and a committee to promote energy conservation at each operation, even attempting to improve the production process.

“We engage in nearly 500 energy conservation projects per year (just at the group’s bases in Japan),” said Yuichi Kogo, general manager, Production Management Dept.

The group focuses so much on cutting its energy consumption because it needs to reduce it almost 2% every year, considering its greenhouse gas emissions would increase 9% from 2013 to 2020 due to business expansion and other factors if no measures were taken against this problem.

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