Solar power plant project leaders have been
especially successful in this arena, finding ways to
repurpose unused spaces ranging from abandoned
golf courses to floating offshore platforms. This
approach—partnered with increased investments in
renewable energy—has helped Japan develop one of
the world’s largest photovoltaic solar markets.
One of the most recent projects in this vein, a
two-year, JPY2.5 billion solar plant that was completed in October 2015, was built on a reclaimed
island on Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake.
The 8.5-megawatt plant is the largest solar power
plant in Shiga Prefecture and will generate enough
electricity to power about 2,900 homes.
Project planning began in October 2013, when
Shiga Prefecture was publicly seeking companies to
construct a solar power plant on underutilized land
on Yabasekihanto Island. The project was awarded to
Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, a joint venture of Kyocera
Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp., in Decem-
ber 2013. Construction began in October 2014.
Yabasekihanto Island, which was reclaimed in
1982 to establish a sewage facility, also houses
recreational facilities including a park and ten-
“As people in the
community have a
Island, we made
our best efforts to
meet their requests
—Norio Nakamura, Kyocera Corp.,
Lake Biwa in