Kyocera Supplies Solar Panels to Georgia's Largest Commercial Solar Project
USFloors commissions state's largest commercial sector solar array
Dalton, Ga—March 1, 2010— Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced it is the sole supplier of photovoltaic modules for the largest commercial solar array in the state of Georgia. USFloors, a nationwide leader in sustainable flooring, recently installed the 144.48 kW solar array at its facilities located in Dalton, GA.
The rooftop installation, comprised of 672 Kyocera KD 215GX PLU solar modules, spans approximately 14,500 square feet and is expected to produce 171,216 kwh/year—enough electricity to power 14 homes annually. In addition, the system will offset more than 100 percent of the building's current electrical needs, allowing for a reduction in operating costs that will preserve company jobs.
“This solar project demonstrates Kyocera’s commitment to sustainable energy,” stated Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Kyocera strives to help organizations achieve their sustainability goals—we are pleased to work with companies such as USFloors and United Renewable Energy LLC who share Kyocera’s commitment to the environment.”
As a top provider of sustainable flooring, USFloors' commitment is to provide its customers with high quality, environmentally sound products—a practice that motivated the company to produce solar electric power on site. Various utility and government incentives such as accelerated depreciation and state and federal tax credits, made the completion of the project possible, and contributed to the site’s LEED certification process and ongoing sustainability mission.
Georgia-based United Renewable energy, LLC (URE), a leading integrator of photovoltaic solar electric power systems, and one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the country, designed and installed the solar array. According to URE President William Silva, “We chose Kyocera's solar panels for two simple reasons, quality and reliability. Their real world, global track record and zero tolerance made Kyocera the clear choice."
Kyocera Solar, Inc. (http://www.kyocerasolar.com) 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.
USFloors' commitment is to provide consumers and specifiers with beautiful and durable floors at a good value, while minimizing our impact on the environment and enhancing and improving it whenever possible. As part of our Eco-Mission, USFloors is committed to sourcing and utilizing sustainable resources for its flooring products whenever possible; specifying raw materials and processes that meet stringent U.S. and European environmental standards, NEVER sourcing from clear cut or unmanaged forests. We actively reducing our environmental and energy footprint, creating better indoor air quality and promoting Green Building through renewable energy and LEED initiatives.
About United Renewable Energy, LLC
Alpharetta, Georgia based United Renewable Energy, LLC (URE) delivers practical, economical, renewable energy solutions to businesses and homes throughout the East Coast. URE is the leading integrator of photovoltaic solar electric power systems in the State of Georgia, and one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the country.