Kyocera Expands PV Plant In Earthquake-Stricken Region

Kyocera Corp. has increased the size of the solar power generation system at its Tanagura manufacturing plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, by 194 kW to a total of 230 kW. The full installation began operation June 30.

With power supply shortages expected during the summer months due to the effects of the March 11 earthquake, the Japanese government has placed restrictions on electricity use to require high-volume users in the Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. service areas to reduce electricity consumption by 15% compared to last year. In response, Kyocera revised its installation schedule to prioritize this facility in order to achieve concrete energy-conservation goals, the company explains.

With the plant's expansion, at peak performance, solar power will cover 8.2% of the facility's energy use, according to Kyocera. In combination with the solar energy produced, the facility expects to be able to achieve its 15% energy-reduction target by undertaking various other measures.

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