Yamakura dam site

Kyocera TCL Solar, a joint venture formed by Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing, will develop a 13.4MW floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Around 50,000 solar modules from Kyocera will be installed for the floating plant, which covers a water surface area of 180,000m2.

Located in the Ichihara City, the project is expected to produce 15,635MWh of power every year, which will be enough to electrify approximately 4,700 households in Japan.

Expected to be operational by March 2016, the plant is believed to be one of the largest floating solar installations worldwide.

Tokyo Electric Power will purchase the power generated from the facility.

"The project is expected to produce 15,635MWh of power in Japan every year."

Kyocera TCL Solar will construct and operate the installation, while Century Tokyo Leasing will offer the financing for the project.

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As well as delivering solar modules and other equipment for the facility, the Kyocera Group will be responsible for its operation and maintenance.

France-based Ciel et Terre will manufacture the floating platforms for the solar facility, on which the modules will be installed.

Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture had been publicly seeking firms for the development, when the JV landed up with the project. The agency manages the reservoir in Japan for industrial water services.

Image: Aerial view of the Yamakura Dam site. Photo: courtesy of Kyocera Corporation.