The island of Miyakojima is not only a sunbathed paradise in the sea: A solar park in an extraordinary location overlooking the beach and the turquoise-blue sea has also been powering it since 2015.
The island is located in the southernmost part of Japan – not far from Taiwan’s coast – and it’s a favourite Japanese holiday resort. The sun, however, does not shine there continuously: on some days the sky darkens and the wind gathers momentum. This is the region from where most of the severe typhoons come that sweep across the many islands at speeds of up to 80 m/s and eventually make landfall on the Japanese mainland.
Equally high were the technical requirements for the stability and formation of the ground-mounted solar power plant. MKG Japan, in collaboration with a Japanese EPC, has built a 2 MW solar park on the island, thus contributing to energy independence from fossil fuels. The power plant has been available since 2015 and has already survived several severe tropical storms unscathed.