KYOCERA and Madison School District Inaugurate KYOCERA’s First Photovoltaic System as U.S. Independent Power Producer

1.6MW System for Madison School District Will Offset Over

11/12/13

Kyocera Solar Inc. and Madison School District held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to inaugurate a 1.6MW solar energy project, the first that Kyocera has developed and financed through its in-house Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) program.

While kids were stocking up on school supplies for the upcoming year, the Madison School District and Kyocera were working together on an innovative new plan to bring solar energy to three Phoenix-area schools. More than 6,400 Kyocera high-efficiency solar panels are installed across the Madison One middle school and Park and Rose Lane elementary schools. The system is expected to offset over 60 percent of the annual electricity consumed by the schools moving forward, utilizing the clean, renewable energy of the sun.

“Fiscal responsibility is one of the goals in the Madison Strategic Plan,” said Dr. Tim Ham, superintendent, Madison School District. “One of the ways we’re working towards this goal is by leveraging Bond dollars to implement energy efficiency improvements in our schools, saving over $100,000 in utility costs. We’re not only excited about reducing energy costs even further while providing shade to students through the installation of solar panel structures, we’re also thrilled to be able to partner with a proven, reliable company like Kyocera. We also look forward to the system acting as a renewable energy learning tool for students and teachers.”

This project, installed by SKY Engineering of Phoenix, represents Kyocera’s first PPA project that the company has developed in the United States. As part of a $14B global enterprise that has been profitable throughout its 54-year history, Kyocera Solar is leveraging its financial strength to develop and finance projects at attractive rates. This new business model enables Kyocera to offer its high-quality modules and unmatched track record to PPA customers at very competitive rates.

“The Madison School District project is the first of many solar projects that Kyocera Solar will develop and finance, and we couldn't be prouder to inaugurate our exciting new business model with a local school district,” said Steve Hill, president of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Kyocera Solar Inc. “This milestone with the Madison School District combines our commitments to supporting education, environmental responsibility and the betterment of humankind with our decades of expertise providing reliable, efficient solar energy solutions.”

The three systems will generate over 2.6 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy – enough to power more than 200 homes in Arizona for a year – and offsetting annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 382 cars from the road or carbon from more than 47,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

Kyocera Solar's new status as a project developer follows a precedent set by Kyocera’s operations in Japan, where the company owns and operates a 70MW solar installation in Kagoshima, and is in the process of building approximately 35 additional smaller-scale projects to provide an additional 60 to 70MW of cumulative renewable energy capacity. Amid continuing strong demand for its high-quality solar modules, Kyocera plans to ship more than 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of solar modules worldwide in FY2014, an increase of 50% from FY2013.

“Everyone is obsessed with driving down the cost per Watt in a solar system, but the cost of financing also has a significant impact on the customer’s cost per kilowatt-hour,” said Hill.  “When you combine Kyocera’s premium product, systems engineering expertise and attractive financing, you have an unbeatable combination.”

To learn more about Kyocera Solar Solutions for both residential and commercial projects in the U.S. and Mexico, please contact infosolar@kyocera.com or 800-223-9580
 
About KYOCERA
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, and solar module manufacturing facilities operated by Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. of Tijuana, Mexico.

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).

About Madison School District

Madison is an “A” labeled destination school district in the heart of Phoenix that is Internationally Accredited by AdvancED. Established in 1890, Madison honors its tradition of excellence as it looks forward to the future by implementing a variety of initiatives and programs for students to ensure Extraordinary Learning for All. Madison's eight schools provide a program of public education from pre-kindergarten through grade eight, with an estimated current enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. Madison’s community spans a wide socio-economic range and reflects the ethnic diversity of the city as a whole. Neighborhoods in the area have been highlighted in Phoenix Home and Garden and Money magazines, with both publications listing the local public schools as one of the reasons they are so desirable. The Arizona Republic referred to Madison as, “…the best performing Elementary District in Phoenix," and this standard of excellence has led to 46% of Madison students coming from outside district boundaries through open enrollment. More information can be found on our web site at madisonaz.org.

SKY Construction & Engineering, Inc.

SKY Engineering, DBA SKY Renewable Energy, is a Phoenix based, women-owned company, specializing in solar solutions for commercial, residential and government, in addition to maintenance & repair, design/build and construction management services for the past 12 years.  Additional information can be found at www.skyrenewableenergy.com and www.skyengineering.net.