Largest Solar Power Station In Japan Opened By Kyocera

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The president of Kyocera Corporation, Goro Yamaguchi, has announced the launch of a 70 MW solar power plant in the Kagoshima Prefecture of Southern Japan. According to the Kyocera press release, it is the largest in Japan.

It is called the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, and it can generate enough electricity to power approximately 22,000 average households. The plant went online on November 1, 2013.

The electricity from this plant will be sold to a local utility company under the terms of Japan’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) program.

70 MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant.
Image Credit: Kyocera Press Release (E-mail).

The plant is to be operated by Kyocera Solar Corporation and Kyudenko Corporation. It was constructed by Kyocera Solar Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Takenaka Corporation.

This helps Japan’s nuclear phaseout effort in light of the Fukushima incident. Believe it or not, Japan is still struggling to contain the Fukushima nuclear reactors after all these years, as scientists don’t really have a suitable backup plan in the event of nuclear reactor malfunctions such as these. As the Kyocera press release put it:

Expectations and interest in solar energy have heightened to a new level in Japan with the need to resolve power supply issues resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. To further promote the use of renewable energy, the Japanese government launched a restructured FIT program in July 2012, which stipulates that local utilities are required to purchase 100% of the power generated from solar installations of more than 10 kilowatts (kW) for a period of 20 years.

Source: Kyocera Press Release (E-Mail).

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4 thoughts on “Largest Solar Power Station In Japan Opened By Kyocera

  • Apparently it’s floating:
    Japan has a severe shortage of flat land. But there’s really no limit to the number of rafts you can float out. Perhaps they will combine them with growing mussels, as in Galicia.

  • there are quiet a few square kilometer of exclusion zone around fukushima. Certainly no one would mind covering them in PV for the next 20-30 years.
    The power lines are already there.

  • wow…just hope there is not a typhoon that comes thru or earth quake near by….just seems funny seeing solar on the ocean…

  • Excellent. Certainly Solar will be cheaper than Foreign Oil in Japan. So install the PV panels in every building and reduce the oil consumption.

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