Electrical Training Institute of Southern California Utilizes Kyocera Solar Modules
Installation is among the largest privately-owned solar electric generating systems in the U.S.
06/05/06SCOTTSDALE, AZ - June 5, 2006 - Kyocera Solar, Inc. is proud to announce that it has supplied the solar modules for a colossal solar electric generating facility at the Electrical Training Institute of Southern California (ETI), a higher education and advanced technology facility located at 6023 South Garfield Avenue in the City of Commerce, near Los Angeles.
With peak output rated at 457 kilowatts, and the capacity to provide close to 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the facility is one of the largest privately owned solar power generating systems in the United States.
Completed in April 2006, the solar electric system is operated jointly by the Los Angeles County Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 11. It will generate 80% of the total electrical needs of the 144,000-square-foot ETI facility.
The system will help power the ETI’s classrooms, labs and office space, as well as the adjoining IBEW Local Union 11 and Pension Trust offices. The extraordinarily high annual energy output from the system reduces the Institute’s consumption of fossil fuels, achieving unprecedented fuel savings while protecting the environment. During peak energy production times, the NECA/IBEW 457 kilowatt power system will produce enough energy to surplus, causing power to flow out into the utility grid and in turn reduce the ETI’s consumption and cost.
The roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system is made up of two arrays, which together consist of 2,610 individual 175-watt Kyocera photovoltaic (PV) solar panels mounted on custom-designed galvanized steel and aluminum frames. The frames allow the modules to slope at 23 degrees from horizontal for optimal sun exposure. The arrays measure 18 feet from front to back, and are 10 feet in height. One of the two arrays consists of five rows of panels, with each row measuring 221 feet in length. The second array consists of three rows and measures 255 feet in length.
The NECA and IBEW estimate the system to be among the 100 largest worldwide, and one of the ten largest in the U.S. that is owned by a private, non-utility organization.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. along with LA County NECA and IBEW Local Union 11 are committed to leading the way in the use of Solar Energy as a renewable resource and environment-preserving technology. “We are very pleased to support the NECA/IBEW project,” stated Jeff Calabro, Grid-Tie Sales Manager for Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Not only does the installation represent environmental and economic value, it also contributes to the advancement of PV awareness and education for all ETI students and IBEW Local Union 11 Members, and represents the quality PV installation capabilities of LA NECA/IBEW Local Union 11 Contractors.”
“Our photovoltaic installation will provide environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient energy generation for our top-rated, state-of-the-art training center, and serves as yet another example of IBEW and NECA leading the way in viable renewable energy technology.” said Marvin Kropke, Business Manager of IBEW Local Union 11.
“An alternative power source of this magnitude is vital for our industry, our environment, and our nation, and LA NECA and IBEW Local Union 11 will continue to provide highly proficient contractors and skilled electricians to professionally install and maintain these important systems.” Stated Jim Willson, Executive Manager of LA County NECA.
For more information on Kyocera Solar Energy Systems, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466, or visit the company’s web site at www.kyocerasolar.com.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ 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.
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