Kyocera Solar, Inc. Partners with Fresh Training Concepts on Bear Flag Inn Installation

System is expected to offset 60% of Inn's energy use

09/25/06

Bear Flag Inn Installation

Calistoga, CA - September 25, 2006 - Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today that one of its authorized dealers, Fresh Training Concepts and Energy Systems, has completed a 5.27 kilowatt installation atop Bear Flag Inn, a well known bed and breakfast located in the heart of Napa Valley.

The installation included 36 Kyocera KC- 175 GT modules, along with 2 Xantrex GT 3.0 inverters. A UniRac SolarMount Rail Kit was used as the system’s mounting structure. Over the system’s 5 year warranty, the installation is expected to offset 60% of its energy use, resulting in a CEC rebate of $2.80 per watt and a 30 % federal tax credit.

Daniel Felperin, founder and principal of the Fresh Training Concepts, says the installation was challenging due to the uniqueness of the design.

“We divided the system into two 2.6 kW AC strings facing South and West with a metal roof pitch at 7/12 elevation and 4 stand offs attached to steel purlins”, added Felperin.

Nonetheless, system owner Dennis McNay was pleased with the turnout.

“I enjoy watching my meter spin backwards, especially during the summer peak hours,” added McNay.

With an estimated yearly power production of about 9,000 kWh, the system is expected to provide the Inn with enough power to run their facility for years to come.

“Kyocera is proud to supply Fresh Training Concepts with MyGen (MyGeneration) Solar Electric Power Systems for this unique application for the Bear Flag Inn,” said Dave Metcalf, Kyocera Solar’s Northern California sales rep.

“The success of this project is a perfect example of the team work involved between Fresh Training Concepts and KSI with the deployment of Solar Electric Power System kits that can be installed on most residential and commercial building structures,” added Metcalf.   

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, visit www.kyocerasolar.com

FRESH Training Concepts (FTC) was founded in 1989 by Daniel Felperin CIH, CSP, REA I.  The company has been in business over 17 years, 6 in solar. FTC is known for its involvement with retail sales design, integration, project management, as well as its collaboration on several commercial and residential applications. Please visit www.freshtc.com to learn more.

Bear Flag Inn is a well know historic bed and breakfast offering comfortable lodging on 3-1/2 lovely acres in the heart of Napa Valley. Featuring charming guestrooms, a full breakfast made with farm-fresh eggs produced here, and wine & appetizers in the afternoon, Bear Flag Inn is your home away from home in Calistoga. For more information, please visit www.bearflaginn.com.

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