Toshiba has won a contract to develop a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant for Tohoku Electric Power in Aomori prefecture, Japan.

Under the contract, Toshiba’s systems will be installed in the Hachinohe solar power station, which is scheduled to come on line in 2011.

Once completed, the project will have a power generating capacity of approximately 1.5MW.

The Hachinohe solar power station is expected to generate approximately 1.6 million kWh of electricity per year, and is the first industrial-use solar PV power plant operated by Tohoku Electric.

The plant will be equipped with multi-crystal PV modules from Kyocera Corporation, thin-film PV modules (250kW) from Kaneka and CIS (copper indium diselenide, CuInSe2) thin-film solar cell modules (250kW) from Solar Frontier KK.