Kyocera Solar, Inc. Joins Advance: Solar, Hydro, Wind Power Co, Inc. in Support of Installation for Redwood Valley County Water District

System is expected generate 30,550 kWh per year

06/09/08

Redwood Valley, CA - June 09, 2008 - Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today that Advance: Solar, Hydro, Wind Power Company, one of its authorized distributors in Northern California, has successfully completed a 99.2 Kilowatt (kW) STC commercial solar installation at Redwood Valley County Water District.

With the drinking water industry in need of more renewable energy resources to conserve water, Redwood Valley Water District General Manager Bill Koehler thought that solar was the most logical route to go.

“It was definitely worth the two years of effort and planning to finally have the system up and running,” added Koehler.

The complete system consists of 496 Kyocera KC- 200GT solar modules in addition to one Solectaria 100 kW inverter. The system’s mounting structure includes Professional Solar Products Ground track.

Throughout its lifetime, the system is expected to generate power production of 30,550 kWh per year and 100% of the system’s energy production will be used on site, according Pete Gregson, owner of Advance: Solar, Hydro Wind Power Co, Inc.  

“Not only is Redwood Valley County Water District conserving environmental resources through the use of solar, they also reaped financial incentives through the California CSI program monitored by PG&E with the balance of the funding provided by Solar Power Partners under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  The water district had no out of pocket expenses for this system,” added Gregson.

In addition to the rebate, Redwood Valley County Water District will receive a utility rate savings of close to 20%, with no cost to the water district.

“More importantly, we are very pleased with the system’s performance.  System monitoring, provided by Energy Recommerce, shows that the system is performing better than expected, added Koehler. It would be great to see Advance Power and Kyocera work together in the future to provide systems for other water districts across all of California and even the rest of the US."

“In the meantime, we will do the best on our part to promote the use of water conservation through the use of solar energy,” he added.

About Kyocera

Kyocera Solar, Inc.
is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and regional sales centers in the U.S., 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 Kyocera Corporation, based in Kyoto, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.kyocerasolar.com.

The Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO) is the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, 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, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, electronic components and industrial ceramics. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, the company’s net sales totaled 1.29 trillion yen (approximately $12.9 billion). For more information please visit http://www.kyocera.com.

Under continuous development since 1975, solar energy products recently became Kyocera’s fastest growing business. By 2011, Kyocera plans to be producing 500 megawatts of solar modules annually ― a “carbon impact” comparable to adding 146 square miles of forest to the Earth every year.

Advance Power is a licensed solar and electrical contractor (C-10 & C-46, #620243.) and state licensed energy auditor (# 840325). The company specializes in the design, installation, and repair of solar systems on and off grid. Since 1978, Advance Power has been installing system across the western United States, including California and Oregon. Please visit www.advancepower.net

Redwood Valley County Water District was incorporated on January 16, 1964 under Sections 30322 and 30323 of the Water Code according to the laws of the State of California. The Board of Directors searched for many years for a water supply for its project. For more information, please visit www.rvcwd.org

###