KYOCERA, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo Century and Yonden Engineering Complete 14.5MW Solar Power Plant

Project in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture aims to revitalize community through renewable energy

01 December 2016

Kyoto, Japan/Neuss, Germany − An enterprise jointly established by Kyocera Corporation, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., Tokyo Century Corporation and Yonden Engineering Company, Incorporated today announced the completion of a 14.5-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The installation, which began operation on November 2, will generate an estimated 16,060 megawatt hours (MWh) per year — enough electricity to power approximately 4,930 typical households*. A ceremony was held November 29 to commemorate the plant’s completion.

14.5MW solar power plant in Taka Town, Hyogo Prefecture of Japan

Kyocera, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo Century and Yonden Engineering began project planning in May 2013 based on candidate sites disclosed by Hyogo Prefecture. The companies established Takacho Yasudago Mega Solar Hatsuden LLC in October 2014, and commenced construction after obtaining approval for land development in March 2015. The system began selling electricity on November 2 this year.

Takacho Yasudago Mega Solar Hatsuden will be responsible for operating the site. Tokyo Century arranged financing, and design and construction was undertaken by Yonden Engineering. The Kyocera Group supplied solar modules as well as peripheral equipment for the installation, and will also carry out maintenance. Mitsubishi Research Institute, which headed the project and provided consultation, will also undertake administration (asset management) of Takacho Yasudago Mega Solar Hatsuden. 

Completion ceremony held at the project site

Approximately 100 individuals affiliated with the project, including public officers of Taka Town and local residents, participated in the completion ceremony. Through this project, Kyocera, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo Century and Yonden Engineering aim to further promote the use of renewable energy and contribute to the community’s revitalization.

Project Overview

LocationTaka Town, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
OperatorTakacho Yasudago Mega Solar Hatsuden LLC
OutputApprox. 14.5MW
Solar modules56,000 Kyocera modules
Expected annual power generationApprox. 16,060MWh/year
Electricity generated will be sold to the local utility (The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.) through Japan’s feed-in-tariff system.
ScheduleStart of construction: April 2015
Start of operation: November 2016

* Based on an average annual use of 3,254.4kWh per household. Source: Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organization (Graphical Flip-chart of Nuclear & Energy Related Topics 2016)
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