Japanese company starts building world’s biggest floating solar power plant

• A Japanese company starts construction on the world’s largest floating solar power plant
• It will be built on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba Prefecture
• It is set to start operations by March 2018

Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a company formed through the joint venture of Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing, has started construction on the world’s largest floating solar power plant on Yamakura Dam Reservoir in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The company has already built three similar floating solar farms in Japan, but its latest project is the largest that has an estimated yearly output of 16,170 megawatt hours; enough to supply electricity to 4,970 typical households.

The solar farm’s output, according to a Business Wire article dated January 21, 2016, is enough to offset about 8,170 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, which is equal to the amount of carbon dioxide put into atmosphere by consuming 19,000 barrels of oil.

The solar farm will use about 51,000 solar modules manufactured by Kyocera Corporation and will cover an area of 180,000 square meters. The power that will be generated by the floating solar power plant will be sold to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Three substations will be built to collect the generated current and will be fed to TEPCO’s grid lines.

Solar companies in Japan started building floating solar power plants to avoid gobbling up agricultural lands in the space-challenged Japan.

According to Ciel et Terre, the supplier of the mounting platform for the floating solar power plant, these floating solar farms, in addition to conserving land space and requiring no excavation work, reduce water evaporation, slow the growth of algae, and do not impact water quality.

Kyocera will anchor the floating installation’s platform to the reservoir’s bottom to preserve the integrity of the Yamakura Dam’s walls. The platform will remain secure even in the face of strong typhoon that Japan experiences every year.

The Yamakura Dam solar power plant project is set to start operation by March 2018.