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KYOCERA Supplies Approx. 1MW of Solar Modules for “Eco Shopping Mall” in Japan

One of the largest domestic photovoltaic installations for a commercial facility

April 7, 2011
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that 960-kilowatts (kW) of its solar modules (roughly 4,300 units) have been installed on the roof of the recently opened AEON Itami-Koya shopping center (operated by AEON Retail Co., Ltd.) in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The total solar power generating system is 1.16-megawatts (MW), of which 960kW are Kyocera modules, making it one of the largest systems on a commercial building in Japan. Kyocera's modules alone provide the equivalent amount of electricity for about 210 typical homes* (990,000kWh) and will off-set roughly 310-tons of CO2 per year.


Photo: Kyocera solar modules atop the AEON shopping center (960kW of a total 1.16MW)
Kyocera solar modules atop the AEON shopping center
(960kW of a total 1.16MW)



Kyocera modules are already being used in a large number of commercial & industrial installations in Japan. In particular, 126 AEON shopping centers around the country have installed a total of over 10MW of the company's modules — making up roughly 80% of the modules used at all of their solar-power-equipped locations.


Photo: Aerial view of the AEON shopping center in Itami City, Hyogo Pref. (Japan)
Aerial view of the AEON shopping center in Itami City, Hyogo Pref. (Japan)


The AEON shopping center in Itami City is a large-scale facility containing 159 businesses. Aside from having one of the largest solar power generating systems for a commercial facility, the “Eco-Mall” also employs other environmental and energy conserving features such as growing plants on the outer walls, and a parking lot surrounded by grass.

* Based on average home use of 4,734kWh/year
 (Source: The Energy Conservation Center, Japan)External Link