KYOCERA and PV Systems Bring Solar Energy to Central Waters
Innovative, Proven Reliable Solar Solutions Showcased in Kyoceraand PV SYSTEMS Tent
SCOTTSDALE, AZ and CUSTER, WI – Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced today that its proven, reliable solar modules have been installed at the Central Waters Brewing Co. in Amherst, WI by Photovoltaic (PV) Systems. 17.8 kW of solar arrays are providing approximately 20 percent of the brewery's total electrical load from the clean, renewable energy of the sun.
The solar electric system is producing 21,472 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which equates to offsetting nearly 13 tons of CO2 emissions – or the equivalent carbon absorption of approximately 460 trees - and helps to reduce electricity costs. The 12,500 square foot Central Waters Brewing Co. services more than 200 retail locations in Central Wisconsin and includes 18 unique beer style offerings.
“We’re committed to being one of the most environmentally sustainable breweries in the country and we consider the environmental impact of every aspect of our business,” said Paul Graham, president of Central Waters. “Making beer can be very resource intensive so it was very important to offset some of that energy use with solar. Our Kyocera solar solution has performed extremely well since it was installed a couple of years ago. So well, in fact, that we’ve already expanded it.”
The solar array features Kyocera’s KD185GX PV module and the SB6000US inverter, allowing flexibility to utilize the solar energy on site or feed it into the electricity grid. Kyocera will showcase its latest high quality, reliable solar solutions in the Kyocera/PV Systems Tent at the Annual Energy Fair in Wisconsin this weekend. Wisconsin is ranked 24th in the country for cumulative installed solar capacity with enough solar in the state to power 2,000 homes and the solar industry employs approximately 1,000 people in the state, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association.
“Kyocera’s solar solutions have powered large-scale industrial projects, low-income, multi-family housing units and now an environmentally-friendly brewery,” said Steve Hill, president, Kyocera Solar Inc. “Seeing companies like Central Waters evaluate and reduce the environmental impact of their businesses drives home the value of efficient, reliable solar solutions that can ultimately help their bottom lines as well.”
Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 38-year history of innovation in solar technology, the company is recognized as an industry pioneer and has set repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency. Kyocera serves thousands of residential and industrial customers in both developed and developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed since 1975.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered materials with other technologies to create solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).
Photovoltaic Systems, LLC is a Wisconsin solar installer and equipment dealer, a National Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified Photovoltaic Installer, a SMA America Power Partner and 2006 winner of Focus On Energy’s Market Provider of the Year award. PV Systems has installed more than 1,000 working solar system throughout the Midwest and other regions.
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