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Kyocera to Ship Solar Panels for 480MW Solar Plant in Nagasaki Within 2019, President Says

2019/11/08 16:18
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Kyocera President Hideo Tanimoto making an announcement at a results briefing for the first half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 (source: Nikkei BP)

Hideo Tanimoto, president of Kyocera Corp, announced Nov 1, 2019, that the company will start shipment of its solar panels within 2019 for a solar power plant (output: about 480MW) under construction in Ukujima (island) of the Goto Islands, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

It seems to be the largest-scale solar project certified based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. In the project, about 1,650,000 polycrystalline silicon (Si) solar panels manufactured by Kyocera will be installed. The construction of the plant has already started, and work for preparing for full-scale construction is underway.

For the project in Ukujima, it is required to green areas where power generation facilities are installed. Therefore, even in areas where tree trimming and ground leveling will be carried out, foundations will be formed and mounting systems will be installed after greening.

Some areas where solar panels will be installed hardly require ground leveling. In such areas, the installation of foundations and mounting systems started early, and the panels to be shipped in 2019 will probably be delivered to those areas first.

The solar power generation-related business of Kyocera is included in the "Life/Environment" segment of the company's Device/System Business, according to its statement of accounts. Though this segment also includes medical devices, jewelry goods and applied products, solar power generation accounts for most of the segment.