Japan’s largest solar farm

Japanese technology conglomerate and solar technology manufacturer Kyocera has revealed plans to beef up its presence in the country's booming solar market, unveiling proposals for a new 70MW solar farm and further investments in utility scale solar plants.

The giant new solar farm is expected to cover 314 acres and feature around 290,000 PV solar panels.

Kyocera said the development would generate around 79,000MWh of electricity a year, providing power for roughly 22,000 average households and reducing annual carbon emissions by approximately 25,000 tons.

The total investment is expected to reach around 25bn yen ($309m) with construction scheduled to start in July.

The move is the latest in a string of solar projects to be announced in Japan following the government's decision to phase out nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster and launch a new feed-in tariff scheme from this July to drive renewable energy investment.