European Court of Justice to be topped out with KYOCERA solar modules

05/18/09

KYOTO/NEUSS, May 18, 2009 – The European Court of Justice, officially known as the Court of Justice of the European Communities, has chosen Kyocera solar modules for its new building. The Japanese technology company has been one of the leading manufacturers of photovoltaic systems for more than three decades and produces all of its components in its own facilities.

Quality tipped the scales in favour of installing a photovoltaic system composed of Kyocera solar modules at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The roof of the new building will be trimmed with 2,262 type KC175GH-2P modules with a total capacity of 400 kWp. Using this environmentally-friendly method of generating electricity is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 600 kg each year. The system was finished in December 2008.

The President of Kyocera in Europe, Mitsuru Imanaka says, "We are proud that the roof-mounted system at the European Court of Justice will be equipped with Kyocera modules. This confidence in our products adds further impetus to our striving for superior quality. While aiming to achieve this, we will be driven by our resolve to develop environmentally-friendly products and technologies that provide both environmental and economic advantages."

Kyocera Corporation is a pioneer in the market for solar energy and had already begun developing solar cells in 1975. These long years of experience have allowed the company to master all the required phases of production at the highest level – from making wafers and cells to module installation. As a result, superior quality is guaranteed. In 2009, Kyocera will begin building a new production facility for solar cells in Yasu, Japan, which will be used to fulfil plans to increase the amount of cell-capacity produced from the current 300 Megawatts per year to 650 Megawatts per year by 2012.

For more information about Kyocera solar products please visit the website www.kyocerasolar.com

 

Technical Data

Roof-mounted photovoltaic system on the European Court of Justice

Module type

Kyocera KC175GH-2P

Number

2,262

Capacity

400 kWp

Energy output

900 kWh/year

Alternating current converter

4 x SMA SC100

Completed

December 2008

 

About Kyocera

Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, the Kyocera Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of fine ceramic components for the technology industry. The strategically important divisions in the Kyocera Group, which comprises more than 200 subsidiaries (April 1st, 2009), are information and communications technologies, products to increase the quality of life, and environmentally friendly products. The technology group is also one of the largest producers of solar energy systems worldwide.

With a workforce of about 60.000 employees, Kyocera posted net sales of approximately €8.68 billion in fiscal year 2008/2009. The products marketed by the company in Europe include laser printers, digital copying systems, microelectronic components, fineceramic products and complete solar systems. The corporation has two independent companies in the Federal Republic of Germany: the Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH in Neuss and Esslingen and the Kyocera Mita Deutschland GmbH in Meerbusch.

The company also takes a lively interest in cultural affairs. The Kyoto Prize, one of the most prominent international awards, is presented each year by the Inamori Foundation, once established by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori, to individuals and groups worldwide for their outstanding human achievement (converted at present €400,000 per prize category).