Kyocera, partners break ground on 92 MW solar power plant in Japan

Spanning about 494 acres, the plant provides equivalent power for roughly 33,370 households

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Kyocera Corp., K.K. GAIA POWER, Kyudenko Corp. and Tokyo Century Corp. that Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills, a solar power operating company jointly established by the four companies, has launched construction of a 92 MW solar power plant.

Located on a site stretching across Kanoya City and Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the project will become one of the largest solar power installations in the Kyushu region of Japan spanning across about 494 acres, making it almost the same size as the country Monaco. A ceremony was held on April 27 to commemorate the plant’s groundbreaking.

Project planning began in January 2014, as the local community expressed interest in repurposing land that was designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned.

The site plan will accommodate 340,740 Kyocera solar modules and is expected to generate roughly 99,230 MWh annually — enough electricity to power about 33,370 typical households, offsetting roughly 52,940 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Under the agreement, Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills will operate the business, and a consortium established by Kyudenko and Gaia Power is undertaking the design, construction and maintenance of the solar installation.

Kyocera is supplying its high-efficiency solar modules and Tokyo Century is responsible for the finance arrangement. About $315 million in investment is planned for the project, with a goal to begin operations in January 2020.

The massive installation is expected to contribute to the local community through job creation and increase of tax revenues in Kanoya City and Osaki Town. In addition to obtaining forestland development permission, a year-long environmental impact assessment has been completed for the large-scale project. Furthermore, the plant will feature an environmentally friendly design by minimizing land development.

The companies will continually work with Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya City, Osaki Town and other members of the community to complete construction, and they remain committed to promoting renewable energy as well as contributing to environmental protection and the creation of a sustainable society.

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