Japanese multinational manufacturer Kyocera has announced it has begun construction on the world’s largest floating solar PV power plant.
The competition for largest floating solar PV plant has been heating up over the last few years, with one company after another all vying for contention. Kyocera is generally held to be the company leading the way: In November, 2014, the company announced that it would be developing a 7.5 MW solar power plant atop the Umenokifurukori reservoir in Japan, which was followed a month later by an announcement for a 13.4 MW floating solar power plant atop the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Announced last week, Kyocera revealed that it had begun construction on the Yamakura Dam project, with the 13.7 MW project expected to be completed for launch in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.
In cooperation with co-shareholders, Tokyo Leasing Corporation, Kyocera has begun construction on the project on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services.
The completed project will comprise of approximately 51,000 Kyocera solar modules installed over the freshwater surface of the Yamakura Dam, across an area of approximately 180,000 square meters. Upon completion, the project will generate an estimated 16,170 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power approximately 4,970 typical local households, and offset 8,170 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Floating solar is especially important in Japan, with the increasing lack of available tracts of suitable land required to develop conventional land-based solar PV installations a non-issue when floating solar can be installed on Japan’s abundant freshwater resources.