Kyocera-backed project will employ more than 350,000 solar modules and generate 100MW
A new 100MW solar power plant has begun operations in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu.
The Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills project was conceived in January 2014, as the local community expressed interest in repurposing land that was designated for a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned.
Stretching over Kanoya city and Osaki town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the project is one of the largest solar installations on Kyushu island, spanning approximately 494 acres (2,000,000m2), which is almost the same size as the territory of Monaco.
The site employs 356,928 high-efficiency Kyocera solar modules and is expected to generate around 117,000 MWh per year. The electricity generated will provide the equivalent power for roughly 39,300 average households, offsetting roughly 62,420 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The companies backing the project are GF Corporation, Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Tokyo Century Corporation. The joint venture, which will take shape under Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, will manage operations of the facility. A consortium was established by Kyudenko and GF to undertake design, construction, and maintenance of the power plant, while Kyocera supplied high-efficiency solar modules. Tokyo Century is responsible for the financing arrangement, with Tokyo Century and The Bank of Fukuoka, Ltd jointly arranging a syndicated loan with 17 regional banks.
Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC has been working on the construction of the site with the cooperation of Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya City, the Town of Osaki, and other members of the community. In a statement, Kyocera stated, “We believe that this installation will contribute greatly to the local community through the creation of jobs and increased tax revenues in both Kanoya and Osaki. In addition, considering the site’s impact on its surrounding natural environment, we aimed to build a power plant with an environmentally friendly design to minimize land development impact.” “GF, Kyocera, Kyudenko and Tokyo Century started this project with a commitment to contribute to the community in cooperation with local governments by assisting with a long-term land redevelopment vision,” said Akihito Kubota, Executive Officer and General Manager of the Corporate Smart Energy Group at Kyocera. “Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC aims to operate a power plant with an environmentally friendly design to minimize land redevelopment impact. Through this project, we will continue to promote renewable energy, environmental protection, and a more sustainable society.”