the new plant started generating electricity at the site in late May. Kyocera supplied about 51,000 multicrystalline PV modules for the array, according to an online statement. The project is expected to annually generate enough electricity for about 4,000 homes.
Eurus Energy said that the installation is its second solar project on Awaji, an island that sits between the city of Kobe and the island of Shikoku. In June 2015, it completed a 33.5 MW project on Awaji, which remains one of its biggest solar projects in the country. Its other large PV installations in Japan include a 30 MW site in the town of Shiranuka, on the northern island of Hokkaido.
The company — a joint venture between utility Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and Toyota Tsusho, the trading arm of the Japanese automaker — currently operates about 929 MW of renewables capacity in Japan, although much of it is wind power. It is now building an additional 89.97 MW of capacity in the country, according to its website.
However, it has also built numerous clean-energy projects throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. In January, it completed a 27.6 MW solar array in Waianae, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The installation is its second largest utility-scale solar array in the U.S. And in late 2015, it announced plans to collaborate with Windlab to develop the first large-scale hybrid solar and wind project in Australia.