U.S.-Made Solar Modules to Provide 73,000 kW Hours of Clean Energy to San Diego County "Cool Zone"
SAN DIEGO, August 8, 2012 — Kyocera Solar, Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable energy, today announced that it is providing 47 direct current kilowatts (kW) of photovoltaic solar modules to Delta Solar Electric (www.deltasolarelectric.com) to power the Gloria E. McClellan Senior Center in Vista, CA. The U.S.-made modules were installed by Delta Solar Electric and fulfill its first ARRA-funded solar project.
Manufactured in Kyocera's San Diego production facility, the roof-mounted 245-watt modules will produce 73,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually for the Senior Center. Combined with new LED lighting and high-efficiency air conditioning units, these measures will reduce the Center's annual power consumption by as much as 92 percent. As a result, the Center will potentially save over $15,000 per year while reducing its impact on the environment.
"Kyocera is delighted to keep our San Diego-made solar solutions here in town to power this impressive senior center in the City of Vista," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "Our four decades of experience have made Kyocera solar modules some of the most reliable in the industry, as proven by our results in a recent TUV Rheinland's Long-Term Sequential Testing. It's gratifying to know that our solar modules are helping to ensure the well being of seniors while also reducing costs."
The Gloria E. McClellan Senior Center, located at Brengle Terrace Park, is a San Diego County "Cool Zone" where seniors and others can safely take refuge during dangerous hot weather spells.
"The installation of the solar panels will provide significant energy savings to the City," said Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. "The economic benefits will be long lasting for the Vista community."
"Kyocera's high-efficiency modules made the company an ideal supplier for ensuring power is always on for these seniors," said Van Parseghian, senior solar energy consultant at Delta Solar Electric. "Vista can get very hot in the summer, and it is important that our seniors have a place to escape the mid-day heat without the concern of a high energy bill."
The City of Vista Senior Center solar energy production went online July 9, 2012. Photos of the solar installation are available upon request. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofvista.com/departments/parks/SeniorServices.cfm.
Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically integrated producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems, with a 37-year history of innovation in solar technology. Recognized as a global leader and industry pioneer in solar power solutions, Kyocera is in a unique position to integrate its decades of experience into product development and support for both residential and industrial clients across the globe. Kyocera serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed since 1975. The company has set repeated world records in multicrystal silicon cell efficiency and most recently gained the distinction of producing the world's first modules to pass the Long-Term Sequential Test for reliability performed by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.