Kyocera Solar, Inc. Partners with Advance Technology Products on Elementary School Installation in Caribbean
Systems are expected to contribute to energy use of 14 classrooms
Culebra, Puerto Rico - December 11, 2006 - Kyocera Solar, Inc announced today the successful completion of a 43.2 kW solar system atop Urban Elementary School. Installed by Advance Technology Products, each small system (7 total) is expected to power 14 classrooms.
Located in Culebra, a small island about 20 miles east of Puerto Rico, Urban Elementary School, government owned and operated, was built to replace an existing, old school.
“Because the area is prone to be hit by many tropical storms, the purpose for building the solar system was to use the school as a refuge, or safe haven for its citizens,” said added Eduardo Tobaja with Advance Technology Products.
The installation consists of 8 solar electric systems, locally made aluminum mount structures, and a total of 360 Kyocera KC-120 GT modules. Seven of the 8 systems are identical and each contain 40 KC-120 GT modules and 1 Xantrex SW5548 inverter. The remaining system consists of 80 KC-120 GT modules and 2 Xantrex inverters.
“The design criterion was to make the building self sufficient as far as water and electricity is concerned,” added Tobaja.
Each smaller system provides enough power to meet the electrical needs (lights, fans, and power outlets) of 2 classrooms, while the larger system provides part of the electrical needs of the kitchen/cafeteria and basketball/volleyball court.
Though the system is grid tie abled, it is not currently connected to the grid.
The school also has additional buildings such as the library, administration building, meeting rooms, etc that do not have any alternate power system.
“We are extremely pleased to be a partner in this project because we recognize the importance of safety and sanitation in these areas, and feel at ease knowing that the building will serve as a refuge from the wrath of any future tropical storms,” added Romulo Bisetti, Kyocera Solar’s Regional Sales Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Over the systems' 25 year warranty, the modules are expected to provide an estimated yearly energy output of 78.84 MW hours.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia. 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), 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. During the year ending March 31, 2006, the company’s net sales totaled 1.18 trillion yen (approximately US$10 billion).
Advance Technology Products designs, implements, services, and upgrades alterative energy systems. Based in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, ATP has been in operation since 1990 and has implemented hundreds of independent and hybrid houses throughout Puerto Rico and the neighboring islands. Advance Technology Products has been a dealer for Photocomm, Golden Genesis, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. since 1992. For more information, please contact email@example.com.