Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera designed and created these floating solar panels for Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The inspiration for this megawatt plant came after the disastrous aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami where several areas were affected by nuclear accidents and resulting radiation. Since this devastation, Japan has been very open to alternative clean energy sources, such as solar power.
This 70 megawatt solar power plant is now Japan's biggest utility-scale facility. The floating solar panels began operating as of November 1st, after the project began in July 2012.
A new government program requires local utilities to purchase all of the solar-generated power of more than 10 kilowatts for a 20 year period to promote the use of renewable energy.
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