Canadian Solar has begun commercial operations on four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants with a combined capacity of 52.5 MWp, in Japan, in the first half of 2017.

The solar power plants include the Mashiki plant with a capacity of 47.7 MWp, the Yamagata Asahimachi plant of capacity 2.4 MWp, the 1.3 MWp Shizuoka Tashiro plant and the 1.1 MWp Saitama Shiroishi plant.

The Mashiki plant, powered by MaxPower modules of Canadian Solar, was commissioned in June 2017 and produces over 57000MWh of solar energy annually.

Under a 20-year feed-in-tariff agreement, the electricity generated by the Mashiki plant will be bought by Kyushu Electric Power for $0.32 per kWh.

The electricity generated from the Yamagata Asahimachi, Shizuoka Tashiro and Saitama Shiroishi plants will be purchased for $0.28, $0.32 and $0.24 per kWh respectively.

In March 2017, the three plants, which are also powered by the Canadian Solar's modules, were connected to the grid and jointly produce over 5429 MWh of solar power.

Canadian Solar chairman and CEO Shawn Qu said: “The 47.7 MWp Mashiki plant is the largest solar power plant that we have built there, which brings our total portfolio of projects in operation in Japan to 112.7 MWp.

"This is a milestone as we continue to make progress in developing and delivering our high-value solar project pipeline in this important market."

Canadian Solar, established in 2001, offers solar energy solutions and has delivered 21 GW of solar PV modules across 100 counties.