Kioxia Adds New Solar-Powered Line in Yokkaichi

Kioxia Corporation has installed a self-consumption solar power generation system at its Yokkaichi Plant No. 5. Accordingly, the operation of this renewable energy source has already started.

This is the second installation at the Yokkaichi Plant, following the No. 6 manufacturing building.

CO2 Reduction

Moreover, the solar power generation system installed this time has a power generation capacity of approximately 3.4MW. Thus, expecting an annual power generation of approximately 3,800MWh. As a result, the CO₂ reduction effect for the entire Yokkaichi Plant is approximately about 3,700 tons per year.

Furthermore, to promote the use of renewable energy, KIOXIA Group is promoting the introduction of large-scale self-consumption solar power generation systems. In fact, the company has been gradually introducing this at its Yokkaichi Plant and Kitakami Plant since 2023.

“Going forward, we will continue to accelerate our efforts to address climate change, which we position as one of the key issues in our management strategy,” Kioxia said in a statement.

100% Renewable by 2040

Kioxia Group is increasing the usage of renewable energy by installing large-scale solar power generation systems. Accordingly, the move made in 2023 was the first for the company. Particularly at its Kitakami Plant and Yokkaichi Plant, both in Japan.

Installed on the rooftop of flash memory fabrication facilities, the new solar power systems will be the largest of their kind at any semiconductor plant in Japan.

With a total generating capacity of about 7.5 megawatts (MW), the new solar power systems are expected to generate about 7,600 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually for Kioxia. Furthermore, this would mean the company reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 3,200 tons per year.

In addition, Kioxia said the new solar power systems will accelerate efforts to address climate change. Hence, fulfilling one of the key objectives of the company’s management strategy.

The solar power generation system at Fab1 of Kioxia’s Kitakami Plant became operational recently. Meanwhile, the system at Fab6 of its Yokkaichi Plant will be operational this coming June.

Kioxia Group has set the goal of sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by FY2040, including solar power. Most importantly, the company said it will continue to address climate change proactively and aim to develop sustainably for the benefit of society.

09 July 2024