Floating solar farms open in Japan

Two “mega” floating solar power plants have been completed in Japan. Kyocera TCL Solar LLC installed the plants at the end of March at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in […]

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Two “mega” floating solar power plants have been completed in Japan.

Kyocera TCL Solar LLC installed the plants at the end of March at Nishihira Pond and Higashihira Pond in Kato City.

They will generate approximately 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per year, which is enough to power around 920 households.

The farms have more than 11,000 solar panels and a total capacity of 2.9MW. Floating solar power systems are said to generate more electricity than other systems due to the cooling effect of the water.

The platforms are 100% recyclable and resist corrosion and are designed to withstand extreme physical stress, including typhoons, the company said.