Kyocera TCL Solar Completes Solar Power Plant on Reclaimed Island
Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. announced recently that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by the two companies, has completed construction of the largest mega-solar power plant in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. A ceremony was held on October 31 to commemorate completion of the 8.5-megawatt (MW) plant, which will generate an estimated 9,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, enough electricity to power approximately 2,900 typical households.
Project planning began in October 2013, when Shiga Prefecture was publicly seeking companies to construct a solar power plant on underutilized land on Yabasekihanto Island, located on Lake Biwa. Shiga Prefecture, Kyocera, and Kyocera TCL Solar concluded basic agreements in December 2013 and started construction in October 2014.
With the goal of promoting renewable energy and creating a resilient community, the multi-faceted project also includes emergency power-supply equipment consisting of a 4-kilowatt (kW) Kyocera solar power generating system and a 16.2-kW storage battery, as well as solar streetlights with clocks powered by 95-watt Kyocera solar modules. In addition, the plant features a nearby observation deck where year-round visitors can view more than 33,000 solar modules from an elevated vantage point with Japan’s largest freshwater lake in the background.
In addition to this project, Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing are developing solar power plants at multiple sites in Japan, many of which are being repurposed on underutilized land such as abandoned golf courses, including a 92-MW plant in Kagoshima, 23-MW plant in Kyoto, 29.2-MW plant in Tottori and 27-MW plant in Fukushima, sites that are characterized by expansive land mass, high sun exposure, and a low concentration of shade trees. Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing hope to contribute to the development of the region with an expansion of renewable energy using solar as a particularly productive way to reduce the impact of global climate change.
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