Floating Solar Plant Built in Japan

September 8, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

floating solarKyocera, Century Tokyo Leasing and Ciel et Terre International are constructing two floating solar installations totaling 2.9 MW. Kyocera TCL Solar will develop and operate the floating solar plants using Ciel et Terre’s Hydrelio floating solar platforms in two installations at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City, Japan.

The 11,256 Kyocera solar modules are expected to produce about 3,300 MWh per year.

Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing jointly established Kyocera TCL Solar in August 2012 for the purpose of constructing and operating multiple utility-scale solar power plants in Japan under the country’s feed-in-tariff system. Since the company launch, it has constructed 28 solar power plants, of which 11 plants have begun operation.

Kyocera TCL Solar plans to develop floating installations for reservoirs in the country totaling about 60 MW by the end of this fiscal year (March 31, 2015). The installations will utilize floating solar platforms developed and patented by Ciel et Terre, which has been trialing its Hydrelio technology in France for three years.

Century Tokyo Leasing will provide financing for the installations.

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