TEPCO switches on Japan’s largest solar power plant

12/20/2011
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Japan solar power plant

TOKYO (majirox news) — The Ohgishima solar power plant began operations on Dec. 19 in the coastal area of Kawasaki City, according to Kawasaki City Mayor Takao Abe and Tokyo Electric Company.

The mega plant will provide electricity to approximately 3,800 households, said TEPCO President Toshio Nishizawa. However, combined with the Ukishima power plant on Tokyo Bay, which went into operation in Aug. 2011, the combined output will be enough for 5,900 households.

It was built by Kawasaki City and TEPCO. The plant, which consists of approximately 64,000 solar panels made by Kyocera, was built on a 23-hectare site and generates 13,000 kW. Kyocera has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of solar power for 35 years.

Solar thermal power plants use the sun’s energy to generate electricity in industrial-scale systems.

Kawasaki City reports that it is trying to play a leading role in creating a low-carbon society by, for example, installing solar power systems in public facilities and providing subsidies for the installation of solar power systems.

The construction costs were not published.

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