On July 5th, 2011, Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan) announced that it has increased the size of a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its manufacturing facility in Fukushima, Japan from 194kW to 230kW.

The full installation began operation at June 30th, and this will be the largest PV plant at any domestic Kyocera Group facility.

The plant is also symbolically interesting given its proximity to the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant, which experienced meltdowns at three of its reactors in the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Kyocera’s Tanagura PV plant at its manufacturing facility in Fukushima


Installation speeded up as response to government conservation orders

Kyocera states that power shortages are expected during the summer of 2011 due to the effects of the Tōhoku earthquake, and that the Japanese government has placed restrictions on high-volume users in certain areas.

The company states that as a result, it prioritized the completion of the facility to achieve energy conservation goals. At 230kW, the plant will supply 8.2% of the facility’s peak energy use.

Kyocera also states that it is installing a PV plant at its headquarters, manufacturing plants and sales offices globally as part of a wider policy. The company has reached a total of 2.2MW of PV generation in its global network.

Source: solarserver

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