First Solar building Japanese solar power plant

First Solar Inc. started construction of a solar project in Kitakyushu-shi, Japan. Generation capacity of the project is 1.4 MW DC, and it will start operating in the first quarter of 2014.

Using First Solar’s CdTe thin-film photovoltaic modules, the project will provide renewable solar power to Japan, mitigating idle nuclear and providing energy security.

First Solar holds 100 percent equity in the project. Obayashi Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo and Yaskawa Electric Corp., headquartered in Kitakyushu — both major global construction contractors — will construct the project.

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