Kyocera Supplies Photovoltaic Panels for Arizona's Largest Customer-Owned Solar Energy Project

Gatorade Co. installs 500-kilowatt PV system


Scottsdale, Ariz., January 26, 2009 – Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced that it has provided the photovoltaic (PV) modules for Arizona’s largest customer-owned solar electric generating system – a 500-kilowatt installation on the roof of a distribution facility operated by The Gatorade Company, a division of Pepsico (PEP), in the city of Tolleson.

The system, installed by SPG Solar, Inc., consists of 2,448 Kyocera KD205GX-LP 205-watt PV modules on the roof of a 797,000 square-foot structure. The system is expected to produce more than 783,000 kilowatt hours per year — enough electricity to power about 51 typical Arizona households. It is additionally expected to offset about 392 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year, or 9,800 metric tons over 25 years.

The project benefited from EarthWise Solar incentives provided by Salt River Project (SRP) — the leading supplier of electricity to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area — as well as state and federal incentives for renewable energy.  The colossal PV system makes PepsiCo’s Gatorade facility SRP’s largest EarthWise Solar Energy commercial customer.

“We are excited to have partnered with SPG Solar on this project and proud to contribute to Arizona’s renewable energy initiative, a program that reflects a growing trend,” stated Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Kyocera has significantly expanded its manufacturing operations and will more than triple its global production of solar modules, to 650 megawatts (MW) annually, by March 2012.”

A second Kyocera production facility for PV modules recently opened in Tijuana, Mexico, Hill stated, to support rapidly growing demand in the Americas.

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 Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), 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, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, electronic components and industrial ceramics. In the 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

About SRP Earthwise Solar Energy

The EarthWise Solar Energy program is designed to help reduce the cost of installing new solar electric or solar water-heating systems for residential and business customers who invest in the clean, zero-emissions energy source. An incentive of $2.50 per watt is available for business customers who install solar electric systems larger than 20 kilowatts.  The program determines the incentive payment to the customer based on the projected energy production of the system. This approach encourages customers and installers to invest in the most efficient products available. For more information, log onto or contact David Felix at SRP at