Kyocera completes 8.5MW PV plant on Japan’s biggest lake

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The Lake Biwa PV project. Image: Kyocera.

Japanese firms Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing have completed an 8.5MW solar project on reclaimed land in Japan’s largest lake, Biwa.

The project, in Shiga Prefecture, was connected to the grid at the end of October and is now fully operational.

It incorporates 33,000 Kyocera modules and is expected to generate 9,300MWh of power annually, according to the companies.

As well as supplying modules for the project, Kyocera designed and built the array, and will operate it over its lifetime.

The Biwa project is one of a number of installations the two companies are working on across Japan on repurposed on underutilised land such as abandoned golf courses, including a 92MW plant in Kagoshima, a 23MW plant in Kyoto, 29.2MW plant in Tottori and 27MW plant in Fukushima.

These sites are becoming increasingly popular among solar developers in Japan, where sites suitable for large-scale PV development are becoming harder to find.

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