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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 06:05 PM

Guardian: Japan begins work on 'world's largest' floating solar farm

The Guardian | Adam Vaughan | 27 January 2016

The Japanese electronics multinational Kyocera has begun work on what it says will be the world’s biggest floating solar farm. The power plant is being built on a reservoir in Japan’s Chiba prefecture and is anticipated to supply enough electricity for nearly 5,000 households when it is completed in early 2018.

Space-starved Japan has already seen several floating solar farms built as part of the country’s drive to exploit more renewable energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The shutdown of nuclear plants has seen Japan increasingly reliant on fossil fuel imports that have hit its emissions-cutting ambitions.

The Yamakura dam power plant will see more than 50,000 solar photovoltaic panels cover a 180,000 m sq area, but compared to other land-based plants it is relatively small. At 13.7MW when finished, it would not make the top 100 of the world’s largest solar photovoltaic farms...snip

Kyocera has already built three floating solar farms, which are much smaller than the new one, which was first announced in October 2014...snip
Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/27/japan-begins-work-on-worlds-largest-floating-solar-farm

KYOCERA TCL Solar Begins Construction on 13.7MW Floating Solar Power Plant
Company’s fourth floating solar project, world’s largest, will be built on Japan’s Yamakura Dam reservoir

In a joint venture, Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has started construction of the world’s largest*1 13.7 megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services.

Scheduled for launch in FY2018 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2018), the plant will be comprised of approximately 51,000 Kyocera modules installed over a fresh water surface area of 180,000m2. The project will generate an estimated 16,170 megawatt hours (MWh) per year — enough electricity to power approximately 4,970 typical households*2 — while offsetting about 8,170 tons*3 of CO2 emissions annually. This is equal to 19,000 barrels of oil consumed*4.

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Kyocera TCL Solar Inaugurates Floating Mega Solar Power Plants in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Apr 16, 2015: Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced today that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by the two companies, has completed construction of two floating mega-solar power plants at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The plants, inaugurated in late March, will generate an estimated 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) per year in total— enough electricity to power approximately 920 typical households*.


1. Floating solar power generating systems typically generate more electricity than ground-mount and rooftop systems due to the cooling effect of the water.
2. They reduce reservoir water evaporation and algae growth by shading the water.
3. Floating platforms are 100% recyclable, utilizing high-density polyethylene, which can withstand ultraviolet rays and resists corrosion.
4. The floating platforms are designed and engineered to withstand extreme physical stress, including typhoon conditions.

* Based on average annual use of 3,600kWh per household. Source: Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan

Existing Kyocera Floating Solar plant in Kagoshima

Kyocera Solar

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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 06:13 PM

1. That's GREAT, Japan! Those buildings in the last group of pics is what I think the US should be

striving for. ALL buildings with large roof areas should have solar panels installed. Lets start with ALL Federal Buildings!

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Fri Jan 29, 2016, 06:19 PM

2. If Washington DC wanted the US to be energy independent

it would have done something about it in the last 40+ years.

They are more concerned with committing yet another coup d'etat in Syria and re-invading Libya. Iraq and Afghanistan haven't been exhausted yet as well. It's disgusting to watch. Trillions for war (which won't benefit anyone in the 99%) but not even clean water for Flint. It's a disgrace. The biggest ripoff in history, unfolding right in front of everyone.

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