Mega Solar Plant at Narita Airport to Promote Natural Energy Technology to Japanese & Int'l Visitors
Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture will begin operating a mega solar facility to generate solar power on the airport's premises by March 2015.
The facility, the Narita International Airport-Sanrizuka Solar Power Plant, will be built on unused land between Terminal 1 and Runway A. The plant will cover around 30,000 square meters. Construction is slated to commence soon, this April or later. When it goes online the mega solar plant will generate around 2,000 kilowatt/hours of electricity, enough to power about 550 average homes. The power generated will be used for "renewable energy feed-in tariffs" and sold under the airport's natural energy usage policy.
Narita aspires to become an "eco-friendly airport" that makes advances in lowering its environmental impact, and installing the new mega solar plant is one of its efforts to achieve this. By utilizing natural energy at Narita, the airport aims to promote Japan's environmentally-friendly measures and energy technology.
Other Japanese airports such as Kagoshima, Fukuoka and Okayama have set up mega solar power plants, while on February 1st Kansai International Airport began operating its roughly 1,200-kilowatt/hour facility, the largest of its kind at an Asian airport.