Japan opens 70-megawatt solar plant, country’s biggest

8 years ago by in Business

Japan opened on Monday its biggest solar plant located in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima. The plant is the country’s latest attempt in replacing nuclear energy with renewable one after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima raised a public concern.

The solar plant, called Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Plant, was designed by Japanese electronics giant Kyocera Corporation and was built in Kagoshima City, one of the few areas in Japan where the sky is clear around 40 days.

The 70-megawatt solar power plant covers an area of approximately 1.27 million square meters and is equipped with 290,000 solar panels to supply power for about 22,000 local households, making it the biggest solar generation plant in Japan, says the company. Kyocera had spent around Y27 million to build the solar plant.

At the opening of the plant on Monday afternoon, Nobuo Kitamura, the president of Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation, the plant’s operator, said:

“We would like to contribute to new development and improvement for human societies through a new type of energy production from Kagoshima, the place where many courageous samurai challenged the ancient political and social regime in the 1860s to reform the country.”

“In addition to solar, Kagoshima City and surrounding areas, with their major volcanos and islands, have many possible energy resources wherever you are, such as geothermal power, wind power and tidal current power, and we must promote their use as tools to revitalize the country and local economy,” a 39-year-old city official added, according to the Chinese media.