Kyocera starts work on 13 MW floating solar plant

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Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has begun construction work on a 13.7 MW floating solar PV plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture. When complete, scheduled for 2018, it is expected to be the largest project of its kind in the world, says the Japanese company.

According to reports last March, Brazil is planning to install a massive 350 MW floating solar array at the Balbina hydroelectric plant in the Amazon, which would make it the world’s biggest, if completed. Other, similar, projects are a lot smaller, however, tending to be under five MW.

Overall, the 13.7 MW floating solar plant will comprise around 51,000 of Kyocera’s PV modules, installed over a water surface area of 180,000 m2. Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd is responsible for construction, while Kyocera Solar Corporation will undertake O&M services. The generated electricity is set to be sold to Tokyo Electric Power Company.

This is the fourth such project to be executed by the company, which last year realized floating solar projects totaling 1.7 MW and 1.2 MW in March, and 2.3 MW in June.