Solar Power Generation Halted in Kyushu to Avoid Blackout

Economy

Fukuoka, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--A number of solar power generation facility operators in the Kyushu region, southwestern Japan, suspended electricity output on Saturday in line with the advance request from regional utility Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508>.

The solar power generation halt was designed to maintain the balance of electricity supply and demand to prevent a massive blackout.

On Friday, Kyushu Electric requested 9,759 of its some 24,000 solar power operators using the firm's power grid to suspend facility operations to prevent the total electricity supply from exceeding demand. It was the first stop request ever for electricity production from a renewable energy source in the country except on remote islands.

Based on the latest supply-demand estimate for Saturday, when Kyushu was forecast to have sunshine, the regional utility has found it necessary to control the balance for seven hours through 4 p.m. (7 a.m. GMT).

The estimate, released in the morning, showed that Kyushu Electric's supply capacity, including electricity purchased under the feed-in tariff system, would reach 12.93 million kilowatts at 1 p.m. to surpass demand by 430,000 kilowatts.

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