Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture of Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp., has begun operating a 2.4 MW solar power plant in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The company says the Takamatsu Ikushima Mega Solar Plant is the first to be launched under its business plan to operate up to 35 small- to mid-size utility-scale solar power plants in Japan.
Under the terms of the partnership, Century Tokyo Leasing finances solar projects with Kyocera supplying 100% of the solar modules, system construction and ongoing maintenance.
In addition to Takamatsu Ikushima, Kyocera TCL Solar says 10 similar projects are under construction or in the planning stages, with five of these to have capacities of less than 2 MW. The partnership plans to develop projects with a cumulative capacity of 60 to 70 MW. All electricity generated will be sold to utilities through Japan's feed-in tariff system.