Solar PV is rapidly expanding its footprint. Panels are coming to more rooftops, industrial parks, carports and even backpacks. It’s also, increasingly, being installed on top of water.
Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced this week that Kyocera TCL Solar, a joint venture between the two companies, will develop a 13.4-megawatt floating solar power plant in Japan’s Yamakura Dam reservoir near Tokyo. The plant will become the largest floating solar installation in the world.
The project, made up of 50,000 modules, will generate 15,635 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is roughly enough to power 4,700 households. Century Tokyo Leasing will provide the project financing and Kyocera Group will supply the solar modules and related equipment in addition to construction, operation and maintenance.
The modules will be installed on patented Hydrelio floating platforms manufactured by the French company Ciel et Terre.
Kyocera aims to bring the plant on-line in March 2016, after negotiating contracts with Tokyo Electric Power Company and others.