Japan to build world’s largest floating solar energy farm

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Kyocera and Tokyo Leasing Corporation will work together to develop ambitious new project Japan may soon be home to the world’s largest floating solar energy system. The Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Kyocera Corporation have announced plans to develop the massive 13.7 megawatt project. The solar farm will be located in the Yamakura Dam reservoir. Kyocera is already planning to develop a similar project in the Umenokifurukori reservoir, which will have a capacity of 7.5 megawatts. Once the projects are completed, Japan will be home to some of the only floating…

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Support for solar energy is drying up in Japan

Government set to cut subsidies supporting solar energy Japan’s renewable energy boom may be coming to an end, despite some massive projects taking place in the country. The Japanese government is set to cut subsidies that have long helped the growth of the clean power space, particularly where solar energy is concerned. The government is eager to focus more heavily on nuclear power, as well as coal-based energy. How this will affect Japan’s existing clean power projects, such as the world’s largest floating solar energy system, is difficult to say.…

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Japan to be home to the world’s largest floating solar energy system

Companies partner to build massive solar farm Japan is lacking in terms of land, being a relatively small country when compared to neighboring China, but this has not diminished the country’s interest in renewable energy. The Japanese government has been showing strong support for solar energy in recent years, and this enthusiasm is beginning to take hold among some of the country’s largest corporations. The problem, however, is that solar power systems tend to take up considerable land resources. The Tokyo Leasing Corporation and the Kyocera Corporation may have found…

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World’s largest floating solar energy system to be built in Japan

Kyocera will be developing the largest floating solar farm in the world Kyocera, a Japanese electronics company, has begun work on developing what will become the world’s largest floating solar farm. The energy system is being built in the Chiba Prefecture and is expected to generate enough electricity to power 5,000 average homes. Kyocera expects that the solar farm will begin producing electrical power in early 2018. The solar energy system resembles Japan’s continued interest in clean power, which it is using to become more environmentally friendly in the coming…

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Japan to create solar panel recycling rules

The growing solar energy industry needs a future recycling plan. While most would agree that the growing adoption of solar energy is a positive step in the right direction away from fossil fuels, not everyone has stopped to consider that once a solar panel reaches the end of its lifespan, it ends up as waste in a landfill, which could become a serious environmental problem in the future if an effective solar panel recycling method isn’t put into place. In an effort to help prevent future PV (photovoltaic) panel waste…

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Floating solar power station goes online in Japan

A recently launched solar energy plant in Japan floats on a water reservoir. After its completion in May, a solar power station that has been built on top of a reservoir in Hyogo prefecture, has begun operation and is the third floating station of its kind built by electronics company Kyocera, which intends to build dozens of these stations on reservoirs around the country, especially in regions where there is not enough land to build a utility-scale plant for solar energy generation. Kyocera is one of the largest vertically-integrated producers…

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Solar energy to power Japan’s future

Solar power could eventually replace fossil fuels and uranium in Japan. It is no secret that Japan is looking for alternative energy sources to replace traditional and less environmentally friendly sources of power like uranium and fossil fuels, but it appears that solar energy is the country’s preferred source of renewable power. One by one, oil-fired plants that once fueled the country’s economy are being shut down. After the Fukushima disaster, support for nuclear power as an energy source declined. As many as 43 nuclear power plants have had to…

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Solar energy breakthrough made by Japanese scientists

Researchers take important step toward one day beaming solar power from space. JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) scientists recently announced that they have successfully transmitted wireless energy with a high degree of precision by utilizing microwaves to send 1.8 kilowatts of power (enough energy to power an electric kettle) through the air to a receiver 170 feet (55 meters) away, which is a notable breakthrough because this technology could eventually help humankind use the immense amount of solar energy that is available in space on Earth. For years, JAXA has…

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Japan may soon be the world’s leading solar energy market

China could lose its spot as top solar market to Japan China may soon lose its spot as the world’s leading solar energy market as Japan becomes a very prominent player in the global scene. Li Junfeng, Director General of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, gave an interview recently in which he suggested that China may only be able to install 10 gigawatts of solar capacity this year. While this may still be a major accomplishment for the country, this will fall short of China’s…

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Largest solar energy project in Japan receives more funding

Companies come together to support ambitious solar power project One of Japan’s largest solar energy systems has received very large investments from the Toyo Engineering Corporation, GE Energy Financial Services, and Kuni Umi Asset Management. The solar project is located in the Okayama Prefecture of Japan and boasts of a maximum capacity of 231 megawatts. GE Energy Financial Services is reported to hold a 60% stake in the project after its latest round of investments. The company represents the single largest equity investment in clean energy throughout the country. Japan’s…

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Japan’s solar energy capacity continues to show impressive growth

Report highlights the country’s growing solar power capacity Japan is becoming one of the world’s leading solar energy markets. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a report concerning the country’s growing solar power capacity. Over the past year, Japan’s solar capacity has increased significantly, partly due to the falling cost of photovoltaic technologies and the increased domestic production of these technologies. The government has also been funding the development of the solar energy sector throughout the country quite aggressively. More than 7 GW of solar capacity was…

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New solar energy projects comes to Japan

Solar power facility to be built in Setouchi, Japan A new solar energy project is taking root in Japan and it may be the largest of its kind in the country. General Electric is the entity behind the project and the company will be building an expansive solar power facility in Setouchi, a city located in the Okayama Prefecture. Eurus will be the company responsible for manufacturing the technologies being used for the project and General Electric will take responsibility of its operation after the project is completed at some…

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Solar energy continues to see success in Japan

Document highlights the progress that solar power has made in 2013 Solar energy has found major success in Japan thanks to support from the country’s government. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a new document that outlines the progress that the solar sector has made in 2013. The document highlights government incentives that have supported the adoption of solar power among homeowners and businesses alike. One of these incentives is the country’s solar feed-in tariff, which is considered one of the most aggressive energy initiatives in the…

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Solar energy capacity in Japan continues to grow

Solar capacity reaches new heights in Japan thanks to government initiatives Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has released a new report concerning the country’s installed solar energy capacity. Japan has become one of the most attractive solar markets in the world, largely due to its aggressive feed-in tariff. The feed-in tariff is based on a similar measure that had promoted the adoption of solar power in Germany. The German initiative had proven so successful that the government had to cut back on the tariff’s benefits or risk financial…

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Ambitious renewable energy project takes root in Japan

Japanese farmers may benefit from new project A new renewable energy project has taken root in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan. The prefecture has become somewhat notorious due to the impact of a major earthquake and tsunami in early 2011. The disaster sparked a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which went on to become one of the worst nuclear crises in human history. The renewable energy project aims to resolve the issues spawned by the nuclear disaster by harnessing the power of the sun. Project aims to…

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Honda embraces solar energy

Honda has big plans for solar power Japanese automaker Honda has announced new plans concerning solar energy. The company has no intention of becoming an energy developer, at least not yet, but it does have an interest in breaking away from fossil-fuels. Like other large companies, Honda spends a small fortune on electrical power. The costs associated with electricity are growing as fossil-fuels, such as oil and coal, become more expensive. Honda is, therefore, looking to mitigate these costs by embracing renewable energy. This will also help the company become…

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