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Kyocera Joins IHI, Mizuho to Build Japan’s Largest Solar Project

Kyocera Corp., a Japanese solar panel maker, IHI Corp. and Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. plan to jointly construct a 70-megawatt plant powered by the sun, the largest to be built in the country.

The companies reached an initial agreement to build the plant in Kagoshima prefecture in southern Japan at a cost of 25 billion yen ($307 million), they said in a statement today. Construction will start in July.

Japan plans to start a feed-in tariff program in July, prompting companies including Softbank Corp. to announce plans for solar plants to take advantage of the above-market rates for power generated from renewable sources. “Expectations and interest in solar energy have heightened to a new level in Japan,” the companies developing the Kagoshima project said in the statement.

Kyocera will supply solar panels and undertake part of the construction and maintenance of the plant, according to the statement. IHI, a Japanese maker of heavy machinery, will lease the land and Mizuho will help arrange financing for the project.

KDDI Corp., Kyudenko Corp. and Kagoshima Bank Ltd. are among companies that are also expected to invest in the project, according to the statement.

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