Kyocera Solar, Inc. and H & H Solar Energy Deliver the Second Largest PV Installation in the State of Wisconsin

System is expected to generate an estimated 46,000 kWh per year

05/18/07

State of Wisconsin

Baraboo, WI - May 18, 2007 –  Kyocera Solar, Inc., a world renown producer and supplier of solar energy products, announced the completion of a 39.6 kW solar electric system atop the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center. Installed by H & H Solar Energy Services, the solar electric system is the second largest in the state of Wisconsin to date. The largest system, the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was also supplied by H&H and Kyocera Solar. 

The system, completed in early April 2007, consists of one hundred and ninety-eight Kyocera KC-200GT Modules. The remaining components include nine Aurora 3.6 kW inverters and a standing seam roof S5 clips UniRac mounting system. Over the module’s 20 year warranty, the system is expected to produce an estimated 46,000 kWh per year.

The Center itself is named after the late “father of wildlife management” Aldo Leopold. It is a 3 building campus, whose purpose is to educate students on land management, ecological practices, and land preservation.

“The Aldo Leopold Center should be one of twenty newly constructed Platinum LEED certified buildings in the United States.  It is a true “zero energy” structure using daylight, geothermal, and other technologies”, added Andrew Bangert, lead installer with H & H solar Energy.

Construction on the building began in June 2006. The building is approximately 12,000 sq feet, which is large enough to hold an 80 person classroom, a 30 person meeting room, an archival library, exhibit hall, and several offices.

“The building is ‘extremely green’ since it consists of not only solar on the roof, but recycled aluminum, a unique ventilation system and most exciting, wood- from the very trees Mr. Leopold planted himself over 70 years ago- as part of the building’s renewable materials,” said Bangert.

In additional to solar power, the building also contains high efficiency water fixtures such as low-flow faucets and waterless urinals.

“Our preliminary energy models indicate we will produce 110% of the energy necessary to run the Center” stated Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director for the Aldo Leopold Foundation.  “We can’t wait to work towards realizing this outstanding environmental performance and have others learn about what is possible when you combine efficient mechanical systems with impressive technology of Kyocera’s solar panels,” added Huffaker.

The grand opening and dedication ceremony for the building was held at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center on April 22, 2007.

“Kyocera is proud to team up with H & H on this project. If Mr. Leopold were alive today, he would be proud to know that his contributions are stilled being honored, even in 2007”, added Doug LaGrone, Central Territory Manager with Kyocera Solar, Inc.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and regional sales centers in 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. For more information on Kyocera Solar Energy Systems, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466 or visit http://www.kyocerasolar.com.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of 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 energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics.

H&H Solar Energy Services, currently the leading PV installer in the state of Wisconsin, is a division of H&H Group, which was founded in 1901 and provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and communication cabling services for industrial, commercial and residential projects.  H&H Solar Energy Services delivers complete design/build turnkey services for commercial and residential solar electric installations.  Andrew Bangert, Lead Installer and Manager of H&H Solar, is a NABCEP certified Master Electrician with over 120 solar electric installations to his credit.  H&H recently added solar hot water services to meet increasing customer demand.  To learn more, please go to http://www.h-hgroup.com/

The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, an educational center built in 2007, is a 3 building campus, whose purpose is to teach ecological literacy to its students, including land management and land restoration. The school will provide many learning opportunities for students, such as outreach programs and stewardships. The Center will also serve as the staging area for field trips to forests, savannas, wetlands, and prairies. The building is named after the late Aldo Leopold, known as the “father of wildlife management” for his conservations efforts throughout the state of Wisconsin. For more information, please visit http://www.aldoleopold.org

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