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September 28, 2012

Kyocera Provides 30MW of Solar Modules for Power Plant in Northern Japan



Kyocera (News - Alert) Solar Corporation of Kyoto, Japan, will provide 30 megawatts (MW) of multicrystalline silicon solar modules–or approximately 135,000 units—for deployment of a utility-scale solar power plant in the northern Prefecture of Hokkaido.

The solar power plant is expected to generate the equivalent of annual power for roughly 9,600 typical households, offsetting about 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The project will be designed and constructed by Yonden Engineering Co., Inc., which is based in southern Kagawa Prefecture, located on Shikoku Island.

The project will be operated by Eurus Energy Group’s subsidiary in charge of renewable energy generation, with plans for construction to start in October and operations to start in March 2014.

Kyocera now has the largest share of the Japanese market for installation volume of large-scale, public- and industrial-use solar power.

Following the July start of a new feed-in tariff (FIT) in Japan, large-scale solar power plant projects have been popping up across the country, with estimates that the domestic solar market will double compared to the 2011 fiscal year. 

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In related news, earlier this month, Kyocera reported that solar modules the company installed in a French village to the east of Lyon— which were used for France‘s first grid-tied solar power generating system—have been producing clean energy for the last 20 years.

Furthermore, recent laboratory testing of the pioneering system confirms that Kyocera‘s solar modules, in operation since 1992, show only minimal degradation in performance. The 945-watt system, which is installed on a roof in the small village of Lhuis, showed only 8.3 percent degradation in performance from its original power output level.

The 945-watt installation was commissioned in 1992 by Hespul, a French non-profit organization involved in the promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The installation comprises 15 modules, each with an output of 63 watts.

In the constantly innovating field of solar energy, 20 years is a long time, which makes the long-term performance and efficiency of these modules manufactured with the technology available at that time particularly remarkable.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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