Solar, Utility Scale

Kyocera To Supply 1.7 MW of PV Modules for Shikoku Plant

Kyocera Corporation will supply 9,000 solar modules — a total of 1.7 megawatts (MW) — for the first stage of the Matsuyama solar power plant in Ehime Prefecture, Japan that is being planned by Shikoku Electric Power Co. Inc.

Yonden Engineering Co. Inc. is set to handle the construction of the project, which is slated to go on-line in the spring of 2011.

The Matsuyama solar power plant will combine with an existing installation for a total of approximately 2 MW and become the largest solar installation on the island of Shikoku, Japan. Once operational the system will provide 2,200MWh of electricity per year, Kyocera said.

Currently, both governmental subsidies and a feed-in-tariff system are increasing demand for residential-use solar power generating systems in Japan. Public utility companies across the country are planning to build approximately 30 large-scale solar power plants for a total of roughly 140 MW by 2020.