Kyocera Corp. says it has completed the installation of its solar modules for the first phase of the 2.1 MW SoftBank Kyoto Solar Park, located in Kyoto City, Japan.
Kyocera Corp. was in charge of solar module supply, Kyocera Solar Corp. handled system design and material procurement, and Kyocera Communication Systems Co. Ltd. was responsible for the project construction of project. SB Energy Corp., the renewable energy subsidiary of the SoftBank Group, will be the operator of the solar power plant.
The first of two phases of the overall project included 8,680 242 W Kyocera modules, which include a structure that prevents dust and water from collecting on the surface by allowing rain water to wash off buildup via drainage channels along the frame of the module, according to the company.
The installation began operation to coincide with the start of the new Japanese feed-in tariff (FIT) for renewable energy. Effective July 1, solar installations that produce more than 10 kW of solar energy are subsidized with a FIT of 42 yen/kWh for a period of 20 years. The same rate is also applied to installations with an output of less than 10 kW, but for a period of 10 years.