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 Japan has been working to shift more of its energy generation to renewable sources in the years since the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, aiming to double its renewable energy output by 2030. In that rush, the country has come up with some smart ways to install distributed solar power. The latest idea has been to develop floating solar power plants that cover small inland bodies of water like ponds and reservoirs.

Solar power company Kyocera has been leading the charge and just recently launcheda solar power plant that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per year -- enough for 820 typical households. The installation consists of almost 9,100 waterproof solar panels atop a float made of a high-density polyethylene.

Kyocera previously installed this technology in two smaller power plants over ponds earlier this year.

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