Kyoto, March 5, 2012 — The Kyocera Group and SoftBank Group unit SB Energy Corp., were selected by Kyoto City to build and operate a 4.2 MW solar power plant.
Helping Kyoto move towards energy independence, Kyocera Group companies will be in charge of solar module supply (Kyocera Corp.), system design and material procurement (Kyocera Solar Corp.), and the construction of the utility-scale solar project (Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd.).
SB Energy will be the operator of the large-scale solar power plant, and aims to have the system operating in time for the start of the new feed-in tariff (FIT) that will go into place on July 1, 2012.
About 17,000 Kyocera modules equaling 4.2 MW of solar power will be installed at two facilities (2.1 MW each) in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City. This will generate roughly 4.2 GWh of electricity annually, which is enough to supply power for about 1,000 households.
The system will use Kyocera's patented anti-dust modules which have a structure that prevents dust and water from collecting on the surface — by allowing rain water to wash off build-up via drainage channels along the frame of the module (these modules are only available to the Japanese market). This helps prevent the adverse effect of dust build-up on the module's glass surface, which decreases the power output.