Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera has announced today that it will be backing an 8.5-billion-yen (89 million US dollars) project that will look to provide 30 megawatts of power generated from solar energy to farming communities all across Japan. The project will be implemented by the National Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh) with the cooperation of Mitsubishi Corporation, but Kyocera will supply, engineer, construct and maintain the solar power generators behind the project.
This project is part of a larger effort by Zen-Noh to build what could be Japan’s largest solar power project, installing solar power systems on farming communities and Zen-Noh facilities capable of putting out around 200 megawatts of electricity. The objective of this is to reinvigorate the agriculture sector and local farming towns, and to further spread awareness and use of renewable energy. For this cause, Mitsubishi and Kyocera have jointly established the JAMC Solar Energy Company which will operate the project and will sell the power generated from the installations to regional utility power companies under Japan’s feed-in tariff program. The feed-in tariff system is a unique incentive program that aims to reward the usage of renewable energy sources, and as such offers higher rates for energy from sources such as solar, wind, or hydroelectric. Profits from the sale could be used to give back to the communities where the energy sources are collected. This incentive towards renewable energy was started a year ago to diversify energy resources, with solar power being the main source of alternative energy.
Kyocera will look to provide around 124,000 solar modules to the project. These modules will be distributed to around 80 locations, with Kyocera hoping to contribute to these farming communities while promoting the use of renewable energy. The electronics company has expanded its assets in solar energy which now includes production, supply, installation, construction and operation of large-scale solar power plants. Kyocera has been researching solar energy since 1975, and Japan looks to be the leading nation in harnessing solar energy.
[via Venture Beat]