Kyocera building the world’s largest floating solar power plant
Japanese manufacturer Kyocera has started construction on the world’s largest floating solar power plant.
The Kyoto-based company confirmed that it began construction on the 13.7 megawatts Yamakura Dam project in Chiba Prefecture, which is expected to be completed by April 2018.
Kyocera’s partner on the project is Tokyo Leasing Corporation and the site will be managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture.
The project will feature approximately 51,000 Kyocera solar modules installed over the freshwater surface of the Yamakura Dam, covering an area of about 180,000 square meters.
The project will generate an estimated 16,170 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power about 4,970 average local households, offsetting an estimated 8,170 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
Floating solar applications are increasingly important in Japan, with the decreasing availability of suitable land required to develop conventional solar installations.
In November 2014, Kyocera also announced it would be developing a 7.5 megawatts solar power plant at Japan’s Umenokifurukori reservoir.