Tokyo to Construct Japan’s Largest Solar Array

January 28, 2004 [] The world’s largest producer of solar photovoltaics (PV) is finally installing a solar PV array over one MW in size. The Nikkei Business Publications in Japan reported Tokyo’s Metropolitan Government has started constructing the county’s first MW class solar power facility. The project, located at the Asaka Water Purification plant, is expected to start operation in 2005, and will have a capacity of 1.2 MW. In this particular arrangement, solar panels will be installed on the covers of the water filtration tanks at the purification plant in order to make effective use of space while generating power. Eight other purification plants throughout the country are expected to have solar arrays installed by Tokyo’s government in the next four years. The original government press release follows, in Japanese only.