The solar power division of Japanese electronics and ceramics maker Kyocera Corporation has supplied 3.6MW of PV modules for the construction of a solar park in tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture, less than 100km north of Fukushima, Japan.
The Okumatsushima ‘Kizuna’ Solar Park is located in Higashi-Matsushima City. According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, around 63% of Higashi-Matsushima City was destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 2011.
According to Kyocera, the company’s multicrystalline silicon solar modules were used in the plant, which went online in late August. The plant is owned and operated by trading company Mitsui & Co. According to Mitsui, the plant will provide enough power for 600 homes, covering an area of 47,000m2 (4.7 hectares).
Completion of the project was marked with a ceremony attended by over 100 guests, including the mayor of Higashi-Matsushima City and Mitsui’s executive vice-president. The project was announced by Mitsui in December 2012 and construction began in January of this year.
The local municipal authority’s official website is dominated with reports on efforts to rebuild the city and monitor radiation levels in the area. The name of the solar park, ‘Kizuna’, means ‘bond’ in Japanese and represents hope for the restoration and development of the community as well as representing the practical move to a future based around sustainable energy.