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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, 2011Kyocera 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.
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.
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)