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BI PV Urban Scale Project Details
Name projectJo-Town Kanokodai
Year2002-00-00 (Start operation date)
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total kWp
LocationKita, Kobe, Hyogo
Latitude/Longitude34°51'38"N 135°12'58"E
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Project summary
Jo-Town Kanokodai is located in the north of Kobe city, Hyogo. Originally, the number of house compartments with PV rooftops planned was 70. However, many customers had a great deal of empathy for the plan and 25 compartments were added to the development plan. As a result, the community has 95 houses equipped with PV systems.

Urban scale PV aspects
Jo-Cooperation is aspiring to build environment-conscious houses as an effort toward a global environmental problem in the residential sector. They are focusing on PV system as a typical equipment to give environmental conscious life-style to customers and decided all houses in this community should be equipped with PV system.

Special PV project info
PV architecture and building integrationThe compartments before building houses were sold with carrying option to build an all-electric house equipped with a PV system. Then each house was designed and built on the compartment according to users’ (inhabitants’) requirements. To create a well-designed appearance of the houses and a harmonized streetscape as a community, PV roof tiles were selected for the PV systems.
Urban planning issues
Economical and financial issuesThe PV system received a governmental subsidy, available through Japan’s residential PV program. After starting operation, a net-metering scheme was applied so that surplus PV is traded between the inhabitant and the utility company, at the same price of the residential electric tariff.
PV ownershipBuilding owner: Inhabitant. PV owner: Inhabitant. PV energy user: Inhabitant.
Tariffs and metering
Info on grid issuesWhen the development was planned, the number of PV systems installed in a limited area with a high-density grid-connection was the largest in the Kansai area. Therefore, to avoid negative influences against a grid network by the high-density PV systems installation, a precise negotiation with a utility company (Kansai Electric Power corporation) was implemented.
Other infoThe concept of the community development and equipping PV systems was well accepted and handed down to the inhabitants. The number of houses equipped with PV system was over the original development plan. The project has been contributing not only to deploying areal PV system installation in residential area but also to increasing publicity of the project companies.
Remarks and recommended readingIn cooperation with: Kubota corporation, Fujimoto-Yogyo Co., Ltd.

Other project data
Type of projectCommercial project
Other relevant aspects
Start of PV project
Start operation PV system2002-00-00
Main project leading companyJo-Cooperation Co., Ltd.
Main project contact person
Contact email
Contact addressMSK corporation, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 160-0023, Japan
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Urban district data
Kind of urban areaResidential - urban
Main building typesHouses - single house
New/Retrofit/AddedNew building integration
Main PV area address

PV systems
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total urban project285 kWp
Number of dwellings/units95
PV power per dwellings/units3 kWp
Main PV system typesGrid-connected - demand side
Main PV module typesPV building elements - PV roof tile
Main PV cell typesAmorphous silicon
PV module brand and typeKubota corporation
PV inverter brand and typeKubota corporation

PV cost and energy production
Total PV system investment
Average PV modules only costs
Total PV energy yield0 kWh
PV energy user owner

Projects websitehttp://www.hakushin.com
Other websites http://www.msk.ne.jp/
Webpage Educational Tool

1. Jo-TownKanokodai.pdf (language: English)

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