Kyocera to build 2.9MW floating PV

A joint venture between Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing has started developing 2.9MW of floating PV capacity at two sites in western Japan, including the world’s largest such installation to date.

By next April, the partners expect to finish building a 1.2MW project and a 1.7MW floating plant on two ponds in Hyogo prefecture, west of Osaka.

They plan to sell the electricity to regional utility Kansai Electric Power.

Kyocera and Century Tokyo are currently developing 92.8MW of solar together and have already connected 21.6MW to the grid.

They plan to secure the rights to develop 60MW of floating solar capacity at roughly 30 sites by the end of the current fiscal year, a Kyocera spokesperson tells Recharge. They will gradually connect these projects to the grid throughout 2015 and early 2016.

The Kyoto-based group will supply its 255W PV modules for the Hyogo projects, while France’s Ciel et Terre all provide its Hydrelio floating platforms.

Last summer, Ciel et Terre and Japanese partner West Holdings connected a 1.2MW floating PV project to the grid on a reservoir north of Tokyo, using JA Solar panels.

Kyocera has built several high-profile PV installations over the past year, including a 70MW plant in southern Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture. It is now developing a 430MW, multi-site project in Nagasaki prefecture.