KYOCERA TCL Solar Inaugurates Floating Mega Solar Power Plants in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

1.7MW and 1.2MW installations will provide equivalent power for roughly 920 average households

05 May 2015

Kyoto / Neuss − Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi; herein “Kyocera,”) and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation (President: Shunichi Asada; herein “Century Tokyo Leasing”) announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by the two companies, has completed construction of two floating mega-solar power plants at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The plants, inaugurated in late March, will generate an estimated 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year in total — enough electricity to power approximately 920 typical households*.

1.7MW floating solar power plant at Nishihira Pond

Overview of the project in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

LocationTwo reservoirs in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, JapanOperationKyocera TCL Solar LLCOutputNishihira Pond: 1.7MW; Higashihira Pond: 1.2MW

(Total: 2.9MW)Solar modules255-watt Kyocera modules (11,256 modules in total)Expected annuel power
generationApprox. 3,300MWh/year
Electricity generated will be sold to the local utility (The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.) through Japan’s feed-in-tariff system.Start of constructionSeptember 2014Start of operationMarch 2015

Features:

1. Floating solar power generating systems typically generate more electricity than ground-mount and rooftop systems due to the cooling effect of the water.

2. They reduce reservoir water evaporation and algae growth by shading the water.

3. Floating platforms are 100% recyclable, utilizing high-density polyethylene, which can withstand ultraviolet rays and resists corrosion.

4. The floating platforms are designed and engineered to withstand extreme physical stress, including typhoon conditions.

* Based on average annual use of 3,600kWh per household. Source: Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan

To see a video of the plant, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0801_K7VZGo

For more information about Kyocera: www.kyocera.eu

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