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KYOCERA to Supply Solar Modules and Services for First-Ever Social Contribution Mega-Solar Power Plant Project in Japan to be Installed through University, Government and Corporate Collaboration

Profits from sale of generated electricity to be donated to local NPOs for social services, education, and citizens’ activities

January 16, 2013
Ryukoku University
Inami Town, Wakayama Prefecture
KYOCERA Solar Corporation
The Trans Value Trust Company, Ltd.

Ryukoku University (head campus: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City; president: Tesshin Akamatsu), Inami Town, Wakayama Prefecture (Mayor: Katsumi Hiura), Kyocera Solar Corporation (headquarters: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City; president: Yukihiro Takarabe; herein “KSC”), Plus Social Co., Ltd. (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City; president: Masataka Fukao; herin “PS”), and The Trans Value Trust Company, Ltd. (headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; president: Koji Sugitani; herein “Trans Value”) have announced that they are working together to install the country's first-ever social contribution mega-solar power generation plant (provisional name: Ryukoku Solar Park).

Ryukoku University is undertaking the socially responsible investment (SRI) project to create the first-ever model of its kind in Japan by combining the resources and know-how of Inami Town, KSC, PS, and Trans Value.

Furthermore, Ryukoku University, Inami Town, and KSC will use this opportunity to cooperate in working on lifelong learning and local revitalization projects.

1. Project Background

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Japanese society has been re-examining its approach to civic life and economic activities in view of reflections on its nuclear power-dependent energy policy and electricity shortage issues. Moreover, the challenge of finding a solution for energy problems has become pressing combined with the ongoing dilemma of how to control carbon dioxide emissions.

Under these circumstances, interest in renewable energy has been growing in society, and the idea of finding a model for renewable energy has become an important theme in society. Along with the introduction of a feed-in tariff (FIT) system, there has been demand for a new business model for the spread of renewable energy, and now, there are expectations from regional communities for the potential of this new type of project.

The social contribution mega-solar project model was derived from the research results of a Ryukoku University project to study the “Formation of Regional System for Local Public Human Resources Development and Renewable Energy Use” (representative: Katsutaka Shiraishi; professor, Policy Department, Ryukoku University). This project was selected by the independent Japan Science and Technology Agency for implementation within the project for “Community-Based Actions against Global Warming and Environmental Degradation.”

Based on the devised model, Ryukoku University, Inami Town, KSC, PS, and Trans Value are cooperating to realize the social contribution mega-solar project.

2. Project Overview

Since the start of the new FIT for renewable energy, momentum has been growing for construction of mega-solar power plants. The purpose of participating in this project is based on the concept of creating the highest percentage possible of energy that is consumed in the community with renewable resources.

Specifically, using funds invested by Ryukoku University ― PS and Trans Value will operate a mega-solar power generation project (combined total of 1.85MW) at the Ryukoku University Fukakusa Campus and on land owned by the municipality in Inami Town, with the power generated to be sold to the regional utility company under the terms of the FIT program. The solar power installation will use 7,500 of Kyocera's high output multicrystalline silicon solar modules.

The revenue from the sale of the power generated ― minus the operating expenses incurred by the non-profit company PS ― will be provided to social contribution and citizen's activities in the Wakayama Prefecture and Kyoto areas where the solar power plants are to be installed.

Overview of Ryukoku Solar Park (provisional name)

Installation locations

 — 4483 Oaza Inami, Inami Town, Wakayama Prefecture (municipal property / leased); 1,200kW installation
 — 1192 Oaza Misato, Inami Town, Wakayama Prefecture (PS property); 600kW installation
 — 67 Fukakusa, Tsukamoto-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City (Ryukoku University building roof); 50kW installation

Power output

Approx. 1,850kW

Annual power generation

Approx. 1,900,000kWh

Schedule (planned)

Feb. 2013: Conclude agreement between parties; file related paperwork
May 2013: Start of construction
Jun. 2013: Complete construction
Jul. 2013: Start of operation

Project cost

700 million yen

Project Scheme

illustration:Project Scheme

Planned Installation Sites

Photo:Aerial view of planned Inami Town site
Aerial view of planned Inami Town site
Photo:Planned Inami Town site
Planned Inami Town site
Photo:Exterior view of planned Ryukoku University site
Exterior view of planned Ryukoku
University site
Photo:Roof of the planned Ryukoku University site
Roof of the planned Ryukoku
University site
Artist renderings of the completed installation at the Inami Town site Artist renderings of the completed installation at the Inami Town site
Artist renderings of the completed installation at the Inami Town site

3. Project Features

 (1) Ryukoku University, Inami Town, KSC, PS, and Trans Value will cooperate to develop a social contribution mega-solar power plant.
 (2) The collaboration will pass along the profits from solar power generation to local communities, creating a model that provides funds to solve social problems.
 (3) Establishing a model for the spread of renewable energy.

4. Division of Labor

 (1) As the project operators, PS and Trans Value to install solar modules (Kyocera-made) at the Kyoto Fukakusa Plant (Ryukoku University campus); Wakayama Plant (on sites owned by the municipality and PS in Inami Town). To be called Ryukoku Solar Park (provisional name).
 (2)Ryukoku University to publically disclose the amount of power generation and greenhouse gas emission reductions from the project.
 (3)Inami Town to grant use of municipal land for the power generation plant.
 (4)KSC to supply solar modules, and use its many years of technical engineering experience to undertake design, construction and maintenance of the solar installations.
 (5) Ryukoku University and Inami Town to conclude regional partnership agreement, and promote collaborative efforts for local revitalization, etc.
 (6)Ryukoku University to cooperate with environmental education activities for elementary and middle school students in Inami Town.
 (7)Ryukoku University to plan lecture meetings for students and high school students, to which KSC will dispatch lecturers.
 (8)Project operator will donate proceeds from the project to Ryukoku University and local organizations in Kyoto and Wakayama for the purpose of contributing to local communities.
 (9)Trans Value will act as the trust for the installation, control and operation of the Ryukoku Solar Park (provisional name), as outlined in the project scheme devised by Ryukoku University and PS.