New 314 Acre Japanese Solar Plant to Power 22,000 Homes
Smartphone maker Kyocera recently launched the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, a 70-megawatt facility that can generate enough electricity to power about 22,000 homes. The move comes as Japan struggles with energy sources as nuclear power plants were shut down after meltdowns hit Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima plant in 2011.
Set on Kagoshima Bay, the sprawling Nanatsujima plant commands sweeping views of Sakurajima, an active stratovolcano that soars to 3,665 feet. It has 290,000 solar panels and takes up about 314 acres, roughly three times the total area of Vatican City. Kyocera established the facility with six other firms as well as a company to run the plant. It will sell electricity generated to the local utility, Kyushu Electric Power Co.
Big Retailers Converting to Solar Panels
What do IKEA, Walgreens, Costco, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, and Staples all have in common?
Answer: they’re all leveraging solar solutions to improve energy use, reduce overhead, and gain a competitive advantage.
Whether you are the owner of an up-and-coming retail outfit or a homeowner who wants to use solar power roofing or solar tiles to get your energy bill down, consider this amazing development: the most successful retailers on the planet now use solar energy.
How to Pay for Your Bay Area Solar Installation
You’re a big fan of solar power roofing – at least the thought of it on top of your Bay Area home. But you’re holding back because of the price tag. Even though you know that, in the long run, solar can pay you back (and then some!) in terms of energy savings and in terms of making your home more valuable to buyers, but you must mind cash flow and avoid spending beyond your means.