Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture established by Kyocera Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp., will develop and operate a 13.4 MW floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan.
Under the plan, Kyocera TCL Solar will build and operate the installation, and Century Tokyo Leasing will provide project financing. The Kyocera Group will be responsible for the supply of solar modules and related equipment in addition to construction, operation and maintenance.
The project will involve approximately 50,000 Kyocera modules installed over a water surface area of 180,000 square meters. The plant is expected to generate an estimated 15,635 MWh of electricity per year.
The modules will be installed on floating platforms manufactured by France-based Ciel et Terre, which is also supplying the platforms for a floating solar power plant project in Hyogo Prefecture that is currently being constructed by Kyocera TCL Solar.
The company aims to begin operations in March 2016 after negotiating with related parties, including Tokyo Electric Power Co.