In Focus: Floating Solar Panels 1

Japan is one of the few bright lights for the solar industry this year, with its new aggressive feed-in law.

With developers rushing in, there’s room for innovation rather than the scrimping we’re seeing elsewhere.

One of the more interesting concepts are floating solar plants. A domestic home developer, West Holdings, plans to build 10 floating solar PV plants that add up to 20 megawatts (MW).

The first two, which will come online soon, are floating in a nature prereserve and a wetland. The company is looking for areas where it can build larger solar plants on water.

Over the next five years, Japan Mega Solar Co. (formed by West Holdings in June) plans to build 250 solar plants with a combined capacity of 500 MW.

Kyocera’s 70 MW solar plant, which is under construction, will jut out into Kagoshima Bay.

Original Article on SustainableBusiness

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  1. Obama’s energy policy is right. The world goes solar. Japan’s FiT in July is among the highest in the world. Japan’s FiT is shaking the solar market. Now, United States has the same options. New solutions will be showed in Japan. This is it!
    As you know, earthquake in Japan is happening frequently. Floating solar panels installation is one of the best solutions for power crisis in Japan. So you have to reduce vibration to install Floating solar panels. Because, it makes many kinds of problems! Vibrations caused by wind, waves and external forces. New Floating Body Stabilizer for Floating solar panels installation has been created in South Korea. The Floating Body Stabilizers generate drag force immediately when Floating solar panels are being rolled and pitched on the water. Recently, these Floating Body Stabilizers have been used to reduce vibration of Floating Solar Panels in South Korea. You can watch New Floating Body Stabilizer videos on YouTube. https://youtu.be/O2oys_YHhCc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA_xFp5ktbU&feature=youtu.be.

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