Orix, Kyudenko Complete Solar Station at Former Airport in Japan

Sep 01, 2014 3:05 am ET

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- An 8.2-megawatt solar-power station developed by Orix Corp. and Kyudenko Corp. began operations at a former airport in southwestern Japan.

The project marks the first time that a solar-power plant was built on a former airport site in Japan, Orix, a Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, and Kyudenko Corp. said in a statement today.

Makurazaki airport, faced with mounting budget deficits, closed in March 2013, according to the statement. The facility opened in 1991 in Kagoshima prefecture as Japan’s first commuter airport.

Kyudenko is a builder of power transmission and transformation facilities in Fukuoka.