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KYOCERA Installs Solar Power Generating Systems
at Gyoza no Ohsho Restaurants

Eco-friendly stores equipped with Kyocera solar modules

March 23, 2009
Ohsho Food Service Corporation
Kyocera Corporation
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) announced that it has provided solar power generating systems for Gyoza no Ohsho, a chain of Chinese restaurants operated in Japan by Ohsho Food Service Corporation (Head office: Kyoto City, President: Takayuki Ohigashi, hereafter "Ohsho Food Service"). The systems have been installed at the restaurants in Takaragaike (Kyoto City) and Mikumo (Shiga Prefecture).

The two restaurants start operation as eco-friendly stores, with a 10 kW solar power generating system at the Takaragaike location, and a 9.2 kW system at the Mikumo location.

The electricity generated by these systems is used for lighting and other electrical needs in the restaurants. Furthermore, a monitor displaying the power generation status of the solar power generating systems in real-time has also been installed at these restaurants to help raise customers' awareness about the environment.

Situated in a Kyoto City designated scenic area, the Takaragaike restaurant's system blends in with the traditional Kyoto surroundings. The restaurant, including the signboard, are in subdued dark brown colors, and the Kyocera original solar cells are dark blue (d.Blue model).

Ohsho Food Service has been actively addressing environmental issues, including the prevention of global warming and CO2 reduction. It has taken various measures such as the deployment of cogeneration systems and effective recycling of used disposable wooden chopsticks. Kyocera, which has been involved in the solar business for more than 30 years, believes that solar cell technology will contribute to improving the global environment. This initiative has been achieved through the collaboration of these two companies from Kyoto.

Taking this opportunity, the two companies will strive to pursue a number of possibilities to protect the global environment, and contribute to solving environmental issues such as global warming from their positions as private businesses.

Photo:Gyoza no Ohsho in Takaragaike
Photo:Gyoza no Ohsho in Mikumo
Gyoza no Ohsho in Mikumo
Photo:In-Store Power Monitor (Takaragaike Restaurant)
In-Store Power Monitor (Takaragaike Restaurant)
Gyoza no Ohsho in Takaragaike

Profiles of the Companies' Environmental Initiatives

Ohsho Food Service Corporation

In 1967, the company opened the first Ohsho restaurant in Shijo Omiya, Kyoto City. Today, it operates 521 restaurants in Japan (as of March 23, 2009). Under the motto, "Delicious, Inexpensive, Fast," the company maintains food preparation and cooking by hand in their restaurants, despite being a large chain restaurant. Moreover, the company gives a lot of authority to its store managers, which thereby enables each store to develop original items, make set menus, determine prices, promote sales and respond to customer needs quickly. With their original management strategies and their efforts to improve food and service, the company is expected to increase revenue and profit for a fourth consecutive term. In addition to the installation of the solar power generating systems, the company was the first to use energy efficient LEDs for its signboard illumination and Eco Cute, a highly efficient heat-pump water heater. Other measures undertaken by the company to actively address environmental issues include new initiatives for rooftop gardening at the restaurants in Kita-Shirakawa (Kyoto City) and Mikumo (Shiga Prefecture), and the installation of garbage processing equipment in more than 80 restaurants in order to promote food recycling.
Photo:Rooftop Garden (Mikumo Restaurant)
Rooftop Garden
(Mikumo Restaurant)

Kyocera Corporation

Kyocera was founded in Kyoto as a manufacturer of fine ceramics in April 1959. Currently the company offers a wide range of products including electronic components, solar modules and communications related equipment worldwide. In working towards the protection of the global environment, the company established the Kyocera Environmental Charter, and works on environmental issues comprehensively throughout the company. Kyocera began its business in solar energy, a major sector of its various environmental product lines, in 1975 and has thus been expanding it for over 30 years. In FY 2012, Kyocera plans to produce 650 MW of solar cells and reinforce the supply systems in its four major markets around the world. In the Japanese domestic market, the company is working with KYOCERA Solar Corporation, a sales subsidiary, to thoroughly implement four quality control factors, namely; Products, Sales, Installation, and After-Sale Services. It offers high quality products to meet customer needs for diverse applications from public and industrial to residential use.
Photo: Solar Power Generating Systems for Residential Use (SAMURAI Model)
Solar Power Generating Systems for Residential Use (SAMURAI Model)