Kyocera Corp. says its 70 MW solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, has gone online. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant is being operated by a partnership established by Kyocera and six other companies to sell the electricity to Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. under Japan's feed-in tariff (FIT) program.
The partnership received financing from Mizuho Corporate Bank. The Kyocera Group, the largest stakeholder, supplied the photovoltaic modules for the 290,000 solar panels, as well as some construction services, and will also undertake maintenance of the system along with with Kyudenko Corp. SMA supplied 140 Sunny Central 500CP-JP inverters for the project.
Additionally, a public viewing facility has been built adjacent to the plant, featuring a circular viewing room where visitors can observe the solar panels from an elevated vantage point and enjoy the view of the ocean bay and the Sakurajima volcano in the background.