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KYOCERA Solar Panels Power Innovative Solar-to-EV Project with Smart City San Diego at San Diego Zoo

December 11, 2012 --

KYOCERA Solar Panels Power Innovative Solar-to-EV Project with Smart City San Diego at San Diego Zoo

Category: Investment, Solar, Renewable Energy

News about Kyocera Solar Inc.

SAN DIEGO - December 11, 2012 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Kyocera Solar Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable energy solutions, announced today that its photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are powering the new 90-kilowatt canopy that charges electric vehicles (EVs) at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The Solar-to-EV project, in partnership with Smart City San Diego, is run by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and is a part of the Zoos commitment to environmental sustainability. All Kyocera solar panels used in this project were manufactured in the U.S.A. at the companys San Diego facility.


The Solar-to-EV project is among the first of its kind. Its Kyocera solar panels harness the suns energy to charge EVs in the Zoos parking lot and provide renewable energy to the electrical grid, while its high-tech battery system stores solar power for future use. Ten solar canopies, designed and installed by Vista-based Independent Energy Solutions (IES), produce 90 kilowatts (kW) of peak generating capacity enough to power 59 homes as well as five EV charging stations, including one in a nearby ADA-accessible parking space. Using new lithium-polymer battery technology, its 100-kW energy storage system is charged by the solar canopies to offset demand on the electrical grid and recharge EVs after sunset. When the battery is full, excess energy generated from sunlight is put into the grid to improve reliability and benefit the surrounding community. The solar canopies also provide shade to approximately 50 cars in the Zoo's southeast parking area.

"Kyocera is celebrating 41 years in San Diego , and 37 years as a leader in solar energy solutions," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "We're proud to work with other San Diego companies that are equally committed to making sustainable energy a reality, especially at one of the most well-known landmarks in the country."

"Independent Energy Solutions is honored to have served Smart Cities as the design/build contractor on this Solar-to-EV project," said Linda Strand, president and CEO of Independent Energy Solutions. "This project showcases how energy storage, electric vehicle charging and solar energy can be successfully integrated, providing benefits to the public while remaining environmentally sound."

Smart City San Diego is a collaboration of local companies, government and universities to drive projects that improve the region's energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and showcase San Diego as a clean energy leader.

"This high-profile and innovative collaborative project combines two major sustainability initiatives solar energy and electric vehicles showcasing to the millions of Zoo visitors that the future of energy is in San Diego today," said Jim Waring, executive chair of CleanTECH San Diego and Smart City San Diego partner. "Kyocera is a recognized solar industry leader and its commitment to quality and local manufacturing is important to Smart City San Diegos mission as well."

The clean energy produced by the Solar-to-EV project is equivalent to removing 189,216 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, or the same as planting 2,788 trees annually. For additional comparison, the greenhouse gas emissions savings from the electricity produced is equivalent to removing 21 cars from the road. Furthermore, PEVs driven on electricity produce zero tailpipe emissions and no emissions overall when the electricity is directly from solar power.

About Smart City San Diego

Smart City San Diego is a collaboration combining the resources of the City of San Diego , San Diego Gas & Electric, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego. Together, these leading organizations from government, business, education and non-profit are maximizing synergies to drive existing energy programs forward, identify new opportunities, embrace additional collaborators and move the San Diego region beyond today's boundaries of sustainability. Visit the Smart City San Diego website at www.SmartCitySD.org.

About Independent Energy Solutions

Founded in 1998, Independent Energy Solutions is a certified Woman-Owned business and a leading developer in the field of renewable energy, solar electric, energy storage, and microgrid systems. IES provides design/build, construction, and maintenance services to a broad spectrum of clients throughout the utility, commercial, military, public agency, and education markets.

About KYOCERA

Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically integrated producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems, with a history of innovation in solar technology since 1975. Recognized as a global leader and industry pioneer in solar power solutions, Kyocera is in a unique position to integrate its decades of experience into product development and support for both residential and industrial clients across the globe. Kyocera serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed worldwide. The company has set repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency and most recently gained the distinction of producing the worlds first modules to pass the Long-Term Sequential Test for reliability performed by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.

Kyocera Solar Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale , Arizona with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) ( TOKYO :6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000"listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

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