Japanese smartphone company Kyocera recently initiated a 70 megawatt solar panel in Kagoshima, in the south of the country. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant is the largest in the country and can power 22,000 homes.
It is 314 acres in size and contains 290,000 solar panels. The energy generated will be sold to local electricity provider Kyushu Electric Power Co.
Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been tasked with moving the country over to more renewable energy sources, particularly since the Fukushima disaster. In early November, the ministry also announced that they have begun test operations for offshore wind turbines near Fukushima.
Kyocera also wants the Kagoshima plant to become a tourist attraction. Visitors can get a glimpse of how the plant works through an observation room overlooking the installation.