Kyocera Supplies Modules for 60 kilowatt Solar Shade Structure on City of Tucson Garage


SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (November 4, 2005) – Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the installation of a 60 kilowatt solar shade structure on a City of Tucson, 24-hour parking garage. The shade structure covers 30 parking spaces and uses 360 Kyocera KC167 solar modules as the roofing material.

American Solar Electric of Scottsdale, Arizona was chosen to help design and then install this unique custom solar system. The system will provide clean, renewable electricity to defray the cost of the garage electrical load during the day while providing cool shade for cars.. Ask any car owner in Tucson how valuable shaded parking is during the long hot Arizona summer.

Sean Seitz, President of American Solar Electric, said “Tucson’s continued leadership in developing distributed photovoltaic power systems for municipal facilities shows the city’s dedication to photovoltaic technology as a reliable source of energy.  Tucson is quickly establishing itself as the ‘Solar Capital’ of Arizona and the Southwest.  We are honored to have been part of this project and wish to thank the City of Tucson and DL Withers Construction for providing ASE the opportunity to supply Pennington Street Garage a 60 kW system of 360 Kyocera Solar 167- watt solar panels.

“Looking forward, I believe this project will spur other jurisdictions in Arizona to develop their own solar programs and will stimulate greater participation of Tucson Electric Power in projects beyond the limitations of their current SunShare program.”

Kyocera’s newly developed d.Blue manufacturing process is incorporated in the KC167 module.  This process creates a microscopic texture on the solar cell’s multi-crystalline silicon surface, reducing reflectance and maximizing the amount of sunlight the cell absorbs. This enhancement is evident in the d.Blue module’s increased power output and “deep blue” color.

For more information on the KC module line, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466, or visit the company’s web site at

American Solar Electric, a Phoenix-based “Total Resource Specialty Contractor” focused on the design and construction of photovoltaic power systems for commercial, industrial and residential applications. The company offers complete design services and is licensed, bonded, and insured for both commercial and residential electrical contracting in the State of Arizona under ROC license class K-11, #168657.

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.