What do you do if you can’t find enough free land to build a massive solar power park? You take it to the sea and that’s precisely what Japan is doing. The Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Kyocera Corporation have come together in a joint venture and announced that Kyocera TCL Solar has started construction on the world’s largest 13.7 megawatt floating solar power plant on the Yamakura Dam reservoir, managed by the Public Enterprises Agency of Chiba Prefecture in Japan for industrial water services.
The power plant is scheduled for launch in FY2018. It will consist of about 51,000 Kyocera modules installed over a freshwater surface area of 180,000m2. It is estimated that this project will generate 16,170 megawatt hours of electricity every year, that’s enough electricity to power approximately 4,970 typical households.
Kyocera TCL Solar has been working on floating power plants in Japan as tracts of land suitable for utility-scale solar power plants have become harder to come by in the country. In March last year, the company began operation of 1.7MW and 1.2MW floating power plants while a 2.3MW plant was launched in June 2015.
Construction of the world’s largest floating solar power plant in terms of output has already begun and is expected to be completed over the next couple of years. At least it’s going to be much safer than the floating nuclear power plant that China is building.