Feature Article No.2: Kyocera Solar Power Generating Systems Contributing to the Planet

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Solar power generating systems are drawing growing attention as the flag-bearer of clean energy solutions. Thirty-six years ago, Kyocera began research and development of solar power generating systems with a strong awareness of the future of humanity. Today, Kyocera solar power generating systems are being used in many parts of the world.
 
Contributing to the improvement of people's lives everywhere through the spread of solar power Fostering a "worthy cause" - R&D has continued for 36 years Solar power generating systems donated to 50 schools in developing countries
Kyocera holds No.1 share of solar power generating systems installed in elementary & junior high schools in Japan Supplying solar modules for large-scale solar power plants in Thailand, Spain, Italy
 
Supplying solar modules for large-scale solar power plants in Thailand, Spain, Italy
In various parts of the world, large-scale solar power projects are drawing attention as business models selling electric power generated by solar modules. The trend is expected to continue growing, and Kyocera has been supplying large quantities of high-quality solar modules for such projects.

Thailand aims to expand solar energy use to reduce dependence on energy imports. Last year, Kyocera signed a contract with a Thai company, Solar Power Co., Ltd., to supply 204MW of solar modules. Kyocera has already delivered 6MW for a solar power plant in the Korat region of Thailand. The plant is currently the largest in Southeast Asia and is now operating. This major contract stemmed from the high evaluation of the performance of Kyocera's solar modules. Over the next three to four years, solar modules will be supplied for similar solar power plants to be built at 34 locations in Thailand. The European Union (EU) is also promoting introduction of solar power. The EU has set a target for renewable energy to comprise 20% of total energy consumption by 2020.

In Italy, solar power plants with total output of 3.4GW were operating by the end of 2010. Contributing to this total, Kyocera supplied 6MW of solar modules to a plant built in Cigliano in the Piedmont region of Italy constructed by an Italian company, Enermill, making it the largest single delivery of Kyocera modules in Italy.
In Spain, Kyocera has supplied a total of 53.1MW of solar modules to three solar power plants: Salamanca, Dulcinea and Don Quijote.

Meanwhile, large-scale solar power plants are also being planned for various regions in Japan. Kyocera modules are already being used in plants run by seven regional power companies. Kyocera is a supplier of solar modules for large-scale projects over a wide area.
Ever since we began research and development of solar power, Kyocera has undertaken a thorough pursuit of reliability. The results outlined above stem from recognition of the reliability of our solar modules. In Japan and abroad, Kyocera is working to contribute to the prevention of climate change by supplying products with high reliability.

An expression of appreciation for Kyocera's complete support
Ms. Wandee Khunchornyakong, President of Solar Power Co., Ltd.

"This project was an entirely new challenge for Thailand's solar power market, and great difficulties were encountered on the way to its realization. However, Kyocera has continued to give complete support to Solar Power Co., Ltd. as a partner, right from the start of the project. That support is the reason for today's success."
Photo:Ms. Wandee Khunchornyakong, President of Solar Power Co., Ltd.

Photo:Solar power plant in Korat, Thailand Photo:Solar power plant in Piedmont, Italy
Solar power plant in Piedmont, Italy
Photo:Don Quijote Solar Power Plant in Spain
Solar power plant in Korat, Thailand   Don Quijote Solar Power Plant in Spain


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