KYOCERA commissions fist phase of SoftBank Kyoto Solar Park

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KYOCERA commissions fist phase of SoftBank Kyoto Solar Park

Greentech Lead Asia: Kyocera Corporation announced the
commissioning of the first phase of the SoftBank
Kyoto Solar Park (Kyoto City, Japan). Kyocera supplied its large size,
high-output 242-watt solar modules for this project.

The 2.1 megawatt (MW) installation began operation to
coincide with the start of the new Japanese feed-in tariff (FIT) for renewable
energy. With the start of the new FIT on July 1, the domestic solar market in
Japan is expected to double compare to the previous fiscal year.

Within the new FIT, solar installations which produce
more than 10 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy are subsidized with a feed-in
tariff of 42 yen per kilowatt hour 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 ten years.

For this project Kyocera Group companies were in charge
of solar module supply system design and material procurement and the
construction of the mega-solar project. SB Energy, a SoftBank Group subsidiary
will be the operator of the large-scale solar power plant.

The system utilizes Kyocera’s patented anti-dust modules
which have a structure that prevents dust and water from collecting on the
surface. This helps prevent the adverse effect of dust build-up on the module’s
glass surface especially for modules installed at a low angle which decreases
the power output.

The first of two phases of the overall project sees 8,680
Kyocera modules. The project will generate roughly 2.1GWh of electricity
annually, enough to power approximately 580 households. The second phase of the
project has already begun construction in June of this year, with operation set
to start on September 1, 2012.

KYOCERA to install 675kW solar systems at Maldive Islands

Recently, Kyocera Solar partnered with Toyota Tsusho
Corporation and Wakachiku Construction to install 675kW of Kyocera’s solar
power generating systems at schools and other public facilities in the island
nation of the Republic of Maldives. The Project for Clean Energy Promotion in
Male aims to promote the utilization of solar energy as an alternate and
renewable energy resource and to undertake measures against climate change.

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