Somers Solar Center is KYOCERA’s latest U.S. turn-key solar power
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Connecticut residents who made a New Year’s resolution to reduce their
environmental impact may be getting a boost without even realizing it.
On December 23, 2013, a 5-megawatt AC (7.4MW DC) installation of
high-reliability Kyocera solar modules began commercial operations at
Somers, Conn., providing enough annual generating capacity to offset the
power needs of approximately 5,000 homes. The Somers project is the
latest that Kyocera has developed and financed in the United States.
“Kyocera solar modules have earned a reputation for being some of the
most efficient and reliable in the industry, built on our 38 years of
experience in manufacturing photovoltaic energy solutions,” said Steve
Hill, president of Kyocera Solar Inc. “Based on that history, we know
Kyocera modules can be counted on to continue yielding high energy
output for the 20-year agreement and beyond, serving Somers Solar Center
and the people of Connecticut well.”
The system’s solar modules offer an effective way to reduce carbon
dioxide emissions, which scientists regard as a primary contributor to
climate change. Somers Solar Center will produce more than 10,200
megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity annually, with a
carbon impact equal to reducing oil consumption by 16,779 barrels ? or
taking 1,503 cars off the road.
Kyocera International Inc., a North American holding company for Kyocera
companies including Kyocera Solar, in collaboration with CleanPath, a
San Francisco-based clean energy project company, financed and developed
Somers Solar Center before transferring ownership and operation to
Dominion, one of the largest U.S. producers and transporters of energy.
Prime Solutions Inc., a Connecticut-based engineering, procurement and
construction company, designed and built the system using 23,150 Kyocera
320-watt solar modules.
Somers Solar Center occupies 50 acres in north-central Connecticut,
roughly four miles south of the Massachusetts state line. The project
represents a new solar project development business strategy for Kyocera
and the continuation of Dominion’s commitment to a diversified portfolio
of renewable energy. Kyocera is in the process of developing and
financing more solar projects like this one using its four decades of
experience in providing reliable, efficient solar energy solutions.
“As a $13.6 billion global enterprise that has been profitable
throughout its 54-year history, Kyocera is leveraging its financial
strength to develop and finance solar projects under highly attractive
terms,” Hill continued. “This new business model enables Kyocera to
offer its high-quality modules and unmatched track record to customers
at very competitive rates.”
Kyocera’s new status as a U.S. solar project developer follows the
precedent it set in Japan, where it owns and operates a 70MW solar
installation in Kagoshima, and is in the process of building 30 to 35
additional smaller-scale solar projects to provide an additional 60 to
70MW of renewable generating capacity. In November 2013, Kyocera and
Madison School District in Phoenix, Ariz., inaugurated a 1.6MW solar
energy project that will offset over 60 percent of the school district’s
annual electricity consumption.
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Kyocera is one of the world’s leading
producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems. With
a 38-year history of innovation in solar technology, the company is
recognized as an industry pioneer and has set repeated world records in
multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency. Kyocera serves thousands of
residential and industrial customers in both developed and developing
regions, with more than 4 gigawatts of solar collection equipment
installed since 1975.
Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with
regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia, and solar
module manufacturing facilities operated by Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de
C.V. of Tijuana, Mexico.
Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971), the parent and global
headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of
fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these
engineered materials with other technologies to create solar power
generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic
components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net
sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).
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