KYOCERA Supplies Approx. 1MW of Solar Modules for 'Eco Shopping Mall' in Japan
One of the largest domestic photovoltaic installations for a commercial facility
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that 960-kilowatts (kW) of its solar modules (roughly 4,300 units) have been installed on the roof of the recently opened AEON Itami-Koya shopping center (operated by AEON Retail Co., Ltd.) in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The total solar power generating system is 1.16-megawatts (MW), of which 960kW are Kyocera modules, making it one of the largest systems on a commercial building in Japan. Kyocera’s modules alone provide the equivalent amount of electricity for about 210 typical homes* (990,000kWh) and will off-set roughly 310-tons of CO2 per year.
Kyocera modules are already being used in a large number of commercial & industrial installations in Japan. In particular, 126 AEON shopping centers around the country have installed a total of over 10MW of the company’s modules — making up roughly 80% of the modules used at all of their solar-power-equipped locations.
The AEON shopping center in Itami City is a large-scale facility containing 159 businesses. Aside from having one of the largest solar power generating systems for a commercial facility, the “Eco-Mall” also employs other environmental and energy conserving features such as growing plants on the outer walls, and a parking lot surrounded by grass.
* Based on average home use of 4,734kWh/year
(Source: The Energy Conservation Center, Japan)
Kyocera Solar, Inc. (http://www.kyocerasolar.com) is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale , Ariz. and regional sales centers in the U.S. , Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego , the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.
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 Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar electric generating systems, telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010 , the company’s net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.