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KYOCERA Establishes New Company to Operate 70MW Solar Power Plant in Japan

‘Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation’ to develop and operate country’s largest solar power plant

July 31, 2012

Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba), along with six other companies, today announced the completion of capital investment procedures for the establishment of Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation, a new company which will be tasked with operating a 70 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in southern Japan. The utility-scale solar power plant will become the largest in Japan*1.

The new company will develop and operate the previously announced 70MW solar power plant in Kagoshima City (Kagoshima Prefecture) on land owned by IHI Corporation — with the power generated to be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under the guidelines of the new feed-in tariff (FIT) program which was implemented on July 1 in Japan. The total project cost is estimated at approximately 27 billion yen (approx. 345 million US dollars*2), with seven investment companies involved (including Kyocera), and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. set to devise a financing plan for the project. Construction is set to commence in September of this year, with plans for completion by fall of 2013.

Photo:Map of the southern island of Kyushu, Japan (site location indicated by red dot), and aerial image of site location (Left to right)
Map of the southern island of Kyushu, Japan (site location indicated by red dot), and aerial image of site location (left to right)

image:Artist rendering of the completed mega-solar power plant
Artist rendering of the completed mega-solar power plant

The Kyocera Group will be responsible for the supply of 100% of the solar modules and part of the construction & maintenance of the system. Kyocera is the largest shareholder in the establishment of the new company.

Expectations and interest in solar energy have heightened to a new level in Japan with the need to resolve power supply issues caused by the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the start of a revamped FIT program which stipulates that solar installations producing more than 10 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy be subsidized with a feed-in tariff of 42 yen (approx. 53 cents*2) per kilowatt hour for a period of 20 years. Through the start of this new solar power project Kyocera aims to proactively tackle environmental problems by promoting the use of renewable energy.

Company Overview

Company name Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corporation
Headquarters 1-1 Kamoikeshinmachi, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (within Kyudenko Corporation’s Kagoshima Branch Office)
Representative director President and Representative Director: Tatsumi Maeda (also serves as vice president and representative director of Kyocera Corporation)
Established July 10, 2012
Capital Approx. 4.3 billion yen (approx. 55 million US dollars*2)
Investing companies Kyocera Corporation; KDDI Corporation; IHI Corporation; Kyudenko Corporation; Bank of Kyoto, Ltd.; Kagoshima Bank, Ltd.; Takenaka Corporation

Business outline To sell power produced from 70MW solar power plant to local utility company (Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.).
Power to be purchased for a period of 20 years starting from commencement of power supply.

Role of Participating Companies

Operation Kyocera Corporation
Construction Kyocera Solar Corporation; Kyudenko Corporation; Takenaka Corporation
Operational maintenance Kyocera Solar Corporation; Kyudenko Corporation
Land leasing IHI Corporation

Solar Power Plant Overview

Power output 70MW solar power generation system
Location 2 Nanatsujima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Area 1,270,000m2

Annual output Approx. 78,800MWh (projected)
Electricity generated will provide the equivalent power for roughly 22,000 average households, and will help to offset roughly 25,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Construction timeline Start of construction: September 2012
Completion: fall 2013 (planned)

*1 Largest individual solar power plant in Japan for an installation at one location; based on publicly announced projects. Research by Kyocera (as of July 2012).
*2 For the reader’s convenience; based on an exchange rate of JPY78.25 = USD1 (July 31, 2012).