kyocera floats mega solar power plant in japan kyocera floats mega solar power plant in japan
nov 18, 2013

kyocera floats mega solar power plant in japan

kyocera floats mega solar power plant in japan
image courtesy of kyocera




following the devastating earthquake and tsunami off the coast of japan in 2011 — a disaster which brought monumental nuclear accidents to affected cities — the country has had an increasing motivation to consider and exercise solar energy production. japanese electronics manufacturer kyocera has recently unveiled a 70 megawatt solar power plant in kagoshima prefecture, now becoming japan’s largest utility-scale facility.¬†a restructured fit program launched by the government stipulated the requirement of local utilities to purchase 100% of the power generated from solar installations of more than 10 kilowatts for a period of 20 years, a promotion for the use of renewable energy. the major project that began in july 2012 has finally begun operation on november 1st, 2013.



kyocera thinking energy
video courtesy of kyoceracojp



‘kagoshima nanatsujima mega solar power plant’ sits off the coast of southern japan, overlooking the¬†ocean bay and grand sakurajima volcano. occupying 1.27 million square meters — roughly the same area as 27 baseball stadiums — the massive plant is comprised of 290,000 arranged panels. an adjacent tour facility provides visitors, students, and tourists with expansive panoramas of the facility from a circular viewing room and relevant information about environmental issues, a stimulus in the understanding of renewable energy resources for the public sphere.



image courtesy of SMA



image courtesy of SMA


  • this is amazing. the japanese attitude towards recovering after a national crisis is something to awe. i cannot believe they did this in 2 years. blimey

    harry says:
  • My hats of to Japan. Finally a country that steps up to the plate and builds a beautiful power plant of the future now. The world should be taking notice of this, Japan has always led the way for quality workmanship and wonderful products. I’m so glad to see them building this plant.

    Gary Triplett says:
  • hmm lets see next to a Volcano in an ocean in a country with a typhoon season. what is the impact on the environment? what is the cost of maintenance? what is the cost to benefit ratio? how much power does it produce? will it sink like the offshore airports?

    markjamesdesign says:
  • Wow, japan is really the land of great ideas. They make something that seems impossible to possible. Totally cool!

    Jessie Lowry says:
  • My company sells Kyocera Solar panels we use them because they are absolute top quality. What a fantastic solar project now operational. Congradulations Kyocera!

    Richard Gibbins says:

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