Japanese electronics company Kyocera has announced the completion of a 29.2 MW PV project in southwestern Japan. The project was developed on 1.2 km² of land previously used as a golf course.
Electricity generated at the plant will be sold to local utility Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. The project began construction in September 2015, and is 81% owned by Tokyo Century Corporation, with the other 21% controlled by Kyocera, which will also provide operations and maintenance services.
Kyocera notes that at 29.2 MW, the project in Tottori will be the largest of 63 PV plants developed by its construction arm Kyocera TCL Solar in Japan, totaling approximately 215 MW. The company has developed several projects on repurposed land in recent months, including a 21.1 MW project in Hagi City, to the south of Honshu, Japan’s main island, earlier in the year.
Japan has increasingly looked to develop projects on repurposed land, such as this one, as well as launching several floating PV projects, as it looks to maximize solar generation on its limited amount of suitable land.
Due to this shortage of land, Kyocera stated earlier in 2018 that it would begin to move away from project development, and focus on smaller systems for the commercial and residential sectors, as well as further developing its O&M business.