Kyocera Corp. and Tokyo Century Corp. said unit Kyocera TCL Solar has started operation of the company’s largest 13.7 MW floating solar plant this month. Located on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, the company held a completion ceremony on March 20 with Kensaku Morita, the Governor of Chiba Prefecture.
The plant was constructed over the surface of the reservoir, which is managed by the waterworks bureau of Chiba Prefecture for its industrial use. With more than 44 acres of surface area, 50,904 Kyocera solar modules were installed to generate an estimated 16,170 MWh per year “- enough electricity to power about 4,970 typical households.
All power generated is sold to TEPCO Energy Partner. The project was originally initiated by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture seeking companies to help reduce its burden on the environment.
Since its establishment, Kyocera TCL Solar has constructed 61 solar power plants 3 across Japan including the nation’s largest floating solar project, the 13.7 MW plant at Yamakura. The company has developed seven floating solar power plants using Japan’s fresh-water dams and reservoirs rather than agricultural land, for it is becoming more difficult to secure tracts of land suitable for a utility-scale power plant.