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KYOCERA to Supply 3MW of Solar Modules for Kyushu Electric Power Co. Mega Solar Plant

Installation to be one of the largest solar power plants in southern Japan

January 26, 2010
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it will supply 3 megawatts (MW) of solar modules for the Omuta mega solar power plant (Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan) planned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. with construction by Nishinippon Plant Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. (NPC). Scheduled to go on-line in November 2010, the Omuta mega solar power plant will be one of the largest megawatt-class sites on the southern island of Kyushu.

Construction is set to start in April of this year, and when completed the installation will cover approximately 20 acres (80,000 m² ), providing 3,200MWh of electricity and off-setting about 1,200 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Image: Rendering of Planned Omuta Mega Solar Power Plant (3MW)
Rendering of Planned Omuta Mega Solar Power Plant (3MW)

Kyocera boasts the largest market share in Japan of public and industrial solar power installations, including a 240kW installation at the Central Japan International Airport and a total of 8.7MW at over one hundred AEON Co., Ltd. shopping malls. With experience in diverse solar energy applications, Kyocera has amassed a wide range of skills in planning and installation simulation technology. Kyocera has earned a solid reputation from its customers by providing high-quality, high-performance products in a stable supply.

In 2005, Kyocera was one of the first companies in Japan to provide modules for a large-scale installation with a 1.2MW system for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks. Furthermore, up through the end of 2009, Kyocera has supplied a total of 53.1MW of modules for three large-scale power plants in Spain.

Kyocera first began mass production of multicrystalline solar cells in 1982, and over the years has developed a unique fully-integrated production process — allowing the company to ensure high quality by controlling every phase of manufacturing, from procuring raw silicon to producing photovoltaic cells and assembling finished modules.

Presently, power companies across Japan have planned to build roughly 30 large-scale solar power plants with a total of 140MW of power output by 2020. Following this trend for public and industrial solar installations, Kyocera hopes to apply its many years of experience and know-how in the solar industry to supply high-performance modules that can help to contribute to the prevention of global warming.