IN DEPTH: Kyocera thinks big

Ichiro Ikeda, Kyocera’s general manager of solar marketing

Ichiro Ikeda, Kyocera’s general manager of solar marketing

As pilot projects go, this one was certainly not lacking in ambition.

The 70MW Nanatsujima solar plant — built on 1.27sq km of reclaimed land jutting into Kagoshima Bay, across from an active volcano — may be the largest PV array in Japan, but it was primarily built by Kyocera to establish itself as a total-solutions provider.

With nearly four decades of experience in solar production, the Kyoto-based company has been at the forefront of Japan’s explosive PV roll-out since the feed-in tariff (FIT) was introduced 18 months ago. Yet it is not resting on its laurels — and is Log in to read complete article.

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