Kyocera, partners announce construction of the world's largest floating solar PV Plant in Hyogo prefecture, Japan

Photo of a similar floating solar PV installation (above) and diagram of Ciel et Terre’s floating platform (below)
Photo of a similar floating solar PV installation (above) and diagram of Ciel et Terre’s floating platform (below)

Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan), Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, and Ciel et Terre International’s Japanese subsidiary on September 3rd, 2014 announced that they will begin construction this month on the world’s largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) installation.

Kyocera TCL Solar LLC will develop and operate utility-scale floating solar power plants utilizing Ciel et Terre’s “Hydrelio” floating solar platforms in two installations, totaling 2.9 megawatts (MW) at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The 1.7 MW plant planned at Nishihira Pond will become the world’s largest solar power generating system installed on water, the partners announced.


Rapid utility-scale PV deployment impedes securing tracts of land

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing jointly established Kyocera TCL Solar LLC in August 2012 for the purpose of constructing and operating multiple utility-scale solar power plants in Japan under the country’s feed-in tariff system, which commenced in July 2012. Since the company launch, it has constructed 28 PV plants, of which 11 plants have begun operation.

Due to the rapid implementation of solar power, securing tracts of land suitable for utility-scale solar PV plants is becoming more difficult in Japan. In addition to ground-mount systems and rooftop systems for factory buildings and warehouses, Kyocera TCL Solar will start the floating solar power generation business utilizing the country’s abundant water surfaces. Due to great variation in the amount of rainfall by season, there are many reservoirs throughout Japan for agricultural and flood-control purposes.


Kyocera TCL Solar plans installations for reservoirs in Japan totalling approximately 60 MW

Kyocera TCL Solar plans to develop floating installations for reservoirs in the country totaling approximately 60 MW by the end of this fiscal year (March 31st, 2015). The installations will utilize floating solar platforms developed and patented by Ciel et Terre, which have a proven record of success during more than three years of operation in France, Kyocera notes.

Under the business, Century Tokyo Leasing will provide finance for the installations, and the Kyocera Group will undertake the supply of solar PV modules and related equipment in addition to construction, maintenance and operation.

Ciel et Terre will be responsible for the supply of floating solar platforms as well as technical input for installing the systems on water. Through the business, the companies hope to contribute to the expansion of renewable energy and development of a low carbon society.


2014-09-04 | Courtesy: Kyocera | © Heindl Server GmbH

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