Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed what is claims is the country’s largest floating PV plant, in terms of output, located on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, in the Chiba Prefecture.
It covers 44 acres and is comprised of 50,904 solar modules provided by Kyocera Corporation. Overall, they are expected to generate around 16,170 MWh per year, which will power approximately 4,970 households.
All power generated from the project – initiated by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture, with the goal of reducing the companies’ environmental impact – will be sold to TEPCO Energy Partner Incorporated.
Kyocera TCL now has a portfolio of 61 solar plants in Japan since its establishment in 2012, including another 13.7 MW floating plant at Yamakura.
It has installed a total of seven floating PV plants across the country, with Kyocera making the most of Japan’s fresh water dams and reservoirs, rather than the limited agricultural land.
In February, Kyocera announced its intentions to delist its American Depositary Shares (ADS) from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
At the time, it said that the trading volume of the ADS on the exchange has fallen in recent years, to the point where it has started to question the rationale behind maintaining the listing.