Solar Farm on Japan's Yamakura Dam
In the fallout of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has rapidly escalated its commitment to solar energy. That presents a problem: utility-scale photovoltaic farms require a big chunk of real estate but Japan doesn’t have an abundance of land to spare. The solution: floating solar arrays.
With three floating solar farms (1.2MW, 1.7MW, and 2.3MW) already producing power in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan now embarks on the most ambitious one of its kind: a 13.7 megawatt floating array that dwarfs its largest ancestor by nearly 600%. When completed, it will be the most powerful waterborne PV farm in the world.