Fire Breaks Out at Floating Solar Plant Damaged by Typhoon Faxai

Japan’s largest floating solar-power plant was damaged on September 9, after Typhoon Faxai made landfall in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

A fire broke out at the plant, which floats on the reservoir at Yamakura Dam in Chiba Prefecture. NHK World reported that firefighters believed the blaze was caused by the typhoon shifting panels on top of one another. This would have generated intense heat, possibly sparking the fire, the firefighters said.

When it opened in 2018, the plant covered 18 hectares and contained 50,904 solar panels, with an estimated maximum output of 13.7 megawatts at any one time. Credit: @GtSnafkin via Storyful