Well they made my little digital camera, but this is their latest piece of light sensitive kit :
"The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant, built by the electronics manufacturer Kyocera, boasts postcard views of Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima volcano. It’s also Japan’s largest, with a capacity of 70 megawatts. That’s enough to power some 22,000 Japanese homes. The $280 million project is part of a national effort to invest in clean, renewable energy as the country continues to grapple with the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The country’s new feed-in tariffs have made it one of the world’s fastest-growing solar markets."
But America is also going full ahead, building solar powered electricity generating plants, to help reduce CO2 induced global warming :
USA - Arizona :
APS - 750 MW installed solar power by the end of 2013 :
"With as much sunshine as we enjoy in Arizona, we believe solar power can and should have a bright, long future in our state. APS is spending $1 billion on solar projects statewide. By the end of 2013, APS will have enough solar capacity to power more than 185,000 homes."
But there are a number more, such as :
USA - Mojave Solar Project, California :
"Abengoa Solar received a federal loan guarantee from the U.S Government to the amount of $1.2 billion.
The Mojave Solar Project will produce 28O MW gross, the equivalent of energy needed to serve 54,000 households and will prevent 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, as compared to a natural gas plant."
In Kent, we have a more modest installation, but we are not left out of the CO2 reduction picture :
UK - Kent :
"Ebbsfleet Solar Farm is situated on the site of the former Richborough Power Station. It has a capacity of 4.9 MWp and became operational in August 2011. The solar farm is part of a larger ongoing project, Richborough Energy Park.""
"3 Aug 2011 - The first large-scale solar park in the South East began supplying electricity to local homes and businesses."
The cooling towers from the old coal-fired power station were demolished in 2012
"The £13m project, is capable of supplying 1,300 homes. It is likely to be the only solar farm of its kind in the region, following a reduction in government subsidies for such projects."