The Kitakyushu Solar Power plant, located on 1.7 hectares of land in Kitakyushu City in
Fukuoka prefecture, demonstrates how solar power can provide safe, clean energy to
Japan and stimulate the local economy.
The 1.3MW direct current (DC) power plant, which is powered by 14,380 First Solar
advanced thin film PV modules, will generate 1,300-1,400 MWh of clean and safe solar
electricity per year. The plant generates electricity with zero emissions during operation,
powers 250 average Japanese homes, and displaces over 920 metric tons of carbon
dioxide equivalent emissions per year. Construction of the power plant created 65 jobs
at peak, and was built by Obayashi Corporation and Yaskawa Electric Corporation,
stimulating the local economy and developing expertise in the energy technologies of
the future. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. supplies the advanced technology glass with a
proprietary electrical film tuned to First Solar’s CdTe thin-film modules. Power from the
project will be supplied to Kyushu Electric Power Company. First Solar holds 100 percent
equity in the project.