Launch of Japan’s first microgrid system with a total of 117 homes
IBJ Leasing Co., Ltd. , PanaHome Corporation (currently Panasonic Homes Co., Ltd.), ENERES Co., Ltd., and the Public Enterprises Agency of the Hyogo Prefectural Government have embarked on the urban development of a microgrid system*1 since October 2017. The microgrid system will power a total of 117 homes in Zone D4 of Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima, which is being designed and developed by PanaHome in Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. The project was selected as a part of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s subsidy program to promote local energy production for local consumption by leveraging regional characteristics.
By installing solar power generation equipment and storage cell in each of the homes, connecting each home with private power distribution lines*2 and controlling electric power in a whole zone, it will establish the Japan’s first*3 microgrid system as business development.
The IBJ Leasing Group has positioned "environmental and energy" as its areas of focus in its Fifth Mid-term Management Plan (FY17-FY19), and will continue to contribute to society and enhance its corporate value through business activities.
*1 A small-scale power grid. A small power generator facility, including solar power generator, is set up in an area to supplement power demand using a local production, local consumption model.
*2 Power distribution lines privately installed to supply power without relying on general power transmission and distribution companies (such as electric power companies).
*3 It is Japan’s first in point of sharing power among 117 homes by running private power distribution lines in the housing district (as of September 21, 2017).
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Area where PanaHome’s Smart City Shioashiya Solar-Shima is being developed