Electronics company Kyocera Corporation has unveiled Japan’s largest offshore power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, capable of producing electricity enough for about 22,000 average homes.
The 70 megawatt solar power plant in southern Japan, developed by Kyocera in partnership with six other companies, went online on November 1 and officially inaugurated on Monday.
Clean energy generated by the new plant will be sold to the national grid through a local power utility under Japan’s feed-in-tariff (FIT).
The floating solar power plant includes an adjacent “tour facility” featuring an elevated, circular room for viewing the 290,000 solar panels, as well as panoramic view of the bay with Sakurajima volcano in the background.
Kyocera said it hopes the whole project will help “foster a deeper understanding of renewable energy and further facilitate a low-carbon society.”
In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, interest in shifting to more renewable energy sources have heightened.
The Japanese government introduced a restructured FIT program in July 2012 to encourage the use of renewable energy. The program stipulates that local utilities are required to purchase 100% of the power generated from solar installations of more than 10 kilowatts for a period of 20 years.
By Maesie Bertumen
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