The small island of Palau, an island nation located 500 miles east of the Philippines and with a population of 21,000 people, has installed a 226.8kW solar energy array on its airport. The panels were supplied by Kyocera, one of the world’s biggest solar cell manufacturers.
The initiative was a collaboration between Kyocera and Wakachiku Construction Co, with funding provided by the Japanese government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).
The solar panels now sit atop of the shading structures in the parking lot. It is the first grid-connected system in the country and it comprises 1,080 210W solar modules.
According to Kyoecera, as the island is prone to typhoons, the backside of the modules have been reinforced with extra support bars for enhanced wind-pressure resistance.
The system is expected to produce an annual power output of 250MWh, off-setting roughly 80 tons of CO2 per year.