Solar is a business investment for the long term. Protecting it means selecting a partner that not only delivers exceptional quality, but confidence in their future growth. This is the Kyocera difference. Our solar technology provides annual energy yields that are exceptionally high and consistent. From the extremes of the Australian outback to the rigorous testing facilities of TÜV Rheinland, Kyocera solar proves its efficiency and durability every day, all over the world.
With over 40 years of expertise in solar manufacturing, Kyocera is also a trusted choice. Our commitment to solar is permanent, and growing each year via new investments, R&D and market leadership. As one measure of our reliability, we are the only the only solar manufacturer to earn the highest rating across all test categories in GTM Research and DNV GL's PV Module Reliability Scorecard three times in a row.
From family owned firms to big box retailers, the number of U.S. businesses powered by solar energy rose to a new high in 2015.* A combination of falling prices, flexible financing options and market demand for eco responsibility has made solar more attractive than ever before. Here are some of the advantages awaiting your business.
* Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report
With Kyocera Solar, you have a dedicated team of experts working to create and optimize a solar solution tailored to your business. They will work with you on site to select the ideal Kyocera Solar product, determine the best financing option, and develop an installation plan that will minimize disruption.
All Kyocera modules are covered by a warranty that delivers as promised, with 25-year protection as standard in most cases. In addition to your local installer, our Kyocera Solar advisors are available to answer questions, assist with service requests, and present new opportunities to further maximize efficiency and savings.
Is solar energy a viable option for my business?
Although solar will work anywhere, some locations are better than others. To determine likely output, we look at irradiance and insolation. Irradiance is a measure of the sun's power available at the surface of the earth, and averages about 1,000 watts per square meter. Insolation is a measure of the available energy from the sun and is expressed as "full sun hours". The more sunlight your location receives, the more power you can generate. To get an idea of your area's solar potential, look up a GHI (global horizontal irradiation) map online. Areas showing darker orange or red are most ideal for solar panels.
Is solar a costly option for my business?
As solar has become a mainstream renewable energy option, its affordability continues to grow for the average business owner. Likewise, panels and balance of systems components have become more efficient, which means more power can be produced from a system without increasing its size. The combined effect of lower costs and higher efficiency has greatly strengthened the economic benefits of installing solar, including a shorter time period for businesses to achieve return on investment.
What is net energy metering (NEM)?
Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for electricity they add to the grid. Any excess electricity generated will spin your meter backwards, which has the effect of selling your excess power to the utility at an applicable tariff rate. On a monthly basis, you only pay the net of the power you used. If you generated more power than you used in a given month, your utility will forward your excess solar energy credits to the next billing cycle.
What is the difference between grid-tied and off-grid systems?
Grid-tied systems are the most common type. They connect to the electric grid, and allow businesses to use solar as well as electricity provided by the utility. As such, they don't need to produce all of the electricity required by the business. When power demand is higher than the solar panels can provide, such as at night or on a rainy day, electricity from the utility supplements the solar system. Conversely, when the solar panels are generating more electricity than the business needs, it sends the excess power to the utility grid. Also, grid-tied systems do not offer protection from power outages unless a storage system is added. When the electrical grid is down, grid-tied systems will not operate for safety reasons.
An off-grid system is independent of the electric grid. Because of this, it has to be able to meet the user's full electricity demand. To store excess power for use at night or when the system isn't able to be 100% efficient, a battery is connected, often supported by a back-up generator or other energy source. Due to the complexity and reduced flexibility of off-grid systems, they are most commonly used for remote locations, or to power buildings or equipment with a consistent energy need that is safely within the maximum output of the panels.