Kyocera, Gaia Power announce groundbreaking on 92MW PV project in Japan

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The 92MW site will feature 340,740 Kyocera solar modules and is expected to generate roughly 99,230MWh annually. Image: Kyocera

Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Tokyo Century announced Thursday that construction has commenced on a 92MW solar project in Japan.

Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills, a PV power company jointly established by the four companies, is leading the construction on the power plant. Located on a site located between Kanoya City and Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the installation is expected to become one of the largest solar installations developed in the Kyushu region of Japan.

The project will be developed on 200 hectares of land — an area roughly equal to the size of Monaco. Project planning began in January 2014, with the community interested in repurposing land that was initially designed for a golf course.

The site will feature 340,740 Kyocera solar modules and is expected to generate roughly 99,230MWh annually — enough electricity to power approximately 33,370 homes and offset roughly 52,940 tons of CO2 emissions per year.

Kyocera is supplying its solar modules for the project, while Tokyo Century is responsible for the finance arrangement. Approximately US$315 million in investment is planned for the project, which is expected to commence operations in January 2020.

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