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Japan's Largest Solar Plant Built in Kagoshima

2013/11/06 09:28
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of "Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega-solar Power Plant," a large-scale solar power plant with an output power of about 70MW, Nov 4, 2013.

Kagoshima Mega Solar Power was established by the Kyocera group and other companies and is based in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega-solar Power Plant is located in Nanatsujima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture.

The largest-scale mega-solar plant in operation in Japan has been "Nissan Green Energy Farm in Oita," which was built by JGC Group and started operation in May 2013. Its power generation capacity is about 26.5MW. But the capacity of the new plant is much higher than that.

"It is praiseworthy to have reached this point in consideration of the low-power power generation devices that our company was developing at the time when we started to develop solar panels," said Kazuo Inamori, chairman emeritus of Kyocera Corp, who attended the ceremony.

The ceremony was also attended by Nobuo Kitamura, president of Kagoshima Mega Solar Power, which is the plant 's operator, and executives representing the seven companies that invested in Kagoshima Mega Solar Power: Kyocera Chair Tetsuo Kuba, KDDI Chair Tadashi Onodera, IHI Chair Kazuaki Kama, Kyudenko President Matsuji Nishimura, The Kagoshima Bank President Motohiro Kamimura, The Bank of Kyoto President Hideo Takasaki and Takenaka Chair & CEO Toichi Takenaka. A total of 119 people attended the ceremony.

The mega-solar plant in Nanatsujima was built on a reclaimed site that is located in the coast of Kagoshima Bay. The area and perimeter of the site are approximately 1,270,000m2 and 4.3km, respectively. It takes about one and a half hours to circle the site on foot.

The site was previously IHI Corp's factory site. IHI, which participated in the mega-solar project as an investor, will receive rent for the site for the next 20 years or so.

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