8.5-MW solar power plant on Lake Biwa island, Japan. Author: Kyocera Corp. License: All Rights Reserved.
Japanese electronics company Kyocera Corp (TYO:6971) and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp (TYO:8439) said Thursday they have completed a 8.5-MW solar power plant on an island on Japan's largest freshwater lake in Shiga Prefecture.
The plant, consisting of 33,000 Kyocera solar modules, was built by Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture between the companies. It is expected to produce 9,300 MWh of electricity per year, enough to power about 2,900 households. The electricity generated will be sold to the local utility through Japan's feed-in-tariff (FiT) system.
Shiga Prefecture in 2013 sought companies to construct a solar power plant on underutilized land on a reclaimed island on Lake Biwa. It signed agreements with Kyocera and Kyocera TCL Solar at the end of 2013 and construction on the facility began in October 2014.
Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing are developing solar power plants at a number of other sites in Japan, including a 92-MW plant in Kagoshima, a 23-MW plant in Kyoto, a 29.2-MW plant in Tottori and a 27-MW plant in Fukushima.