According to Joe Kishkill, First Solar's chief commercial officer, the completion of the Kitakyushu-shi project supports Japan's commitment to provide electricity users with a fuel alternative that is safe, can be rapidly deployed, and has the smallest carbon footprint. "Japan has ambitious solar power development goals to help mitigate the dependency on nuclear energy," he said.
The Kitakyushu-sh project had a workforce of approximately 65 construction jobs at its peak, building local capability to construct similar clean and safe solar power projects in the future. Power from the project will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Company.
The power plant at Kitakyushu-shi utilises First Solar's FS Series 3 Black PV modules; Nippon Sheet Glass supplied the advanced technology glass used in the PV modules. Obayashi Corporation and Yaskawa Electric Corporation constructed the project, while First Solar holds 100 per cent equity in the project.