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First Large Scale Solar Power Plant For Japan

Japan is to build its first gigantic solar power generation station at one of the country’s ex-airports.

This huge project is to be constructed on Kyushu that is an island that houses what was Makurazaki Airport in the city of the same name.

Large solar panel farm to be built on Kyushu
(image credit: veroyama)

This solar power business is being constructed in a joint venture between Kyudenko Corporation who provide engineering service facilities and Orix who are a financial services group.

Both partners have worked so hard together to incorporate environmental and social factors into the development of this solar farm that is the first time Japan has been involved in creating such a project on an ex-airport. Within the terminal building there is to be a place to be able to view the solar plant, education facilities pertinent to the environment are to be installed that will show the workings of a solar panel farm and there will be an astronomical observatory for the public and tourists to enjoy.

At the outset, the solar farm will generate an output of 8.5 MW maximum with construction expected to start around March 2014. The area where the solar panels are to be installed will cover about 129,000 m2. In this area there are expected to be about 53,480 solar panels that should produce 9.86 million kWh per annum – that would equate to the power consumed by 2,740 homes over a 12-month period.

The airport only opened in January 2001 being the first commuter airport in Japan with the decision being taken to close it this year from a financial point of view having looked at the budgets and also taking into account the feelings of the local residents.

Both companies are expected to become involved in other similar projects at some point in the future. We will continue to keep you up to date as this development progresses.

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