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KYOCERA Provides Solar Power Generating System for Palau’s Largest Solar Project

Island nation’s airport to be powered by the sun

December 19, 2011
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it has supplied a solar power generating system for the Republic of Palau international airport — the 226.8kW solar installation is the largest to be completed on the island nation located roughly 500 miles east of the Philippines. The design and implementation of the parking lot solar project was a joint collaboration between Kyocera and Wakachiku Construction Co., Ltd., which was realized with funding by the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to help contribute to the country's growth.

Photo: Kyocera solar modules at the Palau International Airport
Kyocera provided the solar power generating system on the parking structure of the Palau International Airport

The solar modules are installed on the top of shading structures in the parking lot. The solar power generating system, which is the first grid-connected system in the country, is comprised of 1,080 Kyocera 210W solar modules. Due to the high occurrence of typhoons on the island, the backside of the modules have been reinforced with extra support bars for enhanced wind-pressure resistance. The system is expected to produce an annual power output of 250MWh, off-setting roughly 80 tons of CO2 per year.

On November 17, an inauguration ceremony was held with Palau's President Johnson Toribiong and other officials from both Palau and Japan in attendance.

Photo: President Johnson Toribiong of Palau
President Johnson Toribiong of Palau makes a speech at the inauguration ceremony