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KYOCERA Installs 500kW Solar Power Generating System on WACOAL's Distribution Center

Installation is largest in Shiga Prefecture, Japan

February 20, 2012
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) today announced that it has supplied and installed a roughly 500-kilowatt (kW) solar power generating system on the roof of Wacoal Distribution Corp.'s (a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacoal Holdings Corp.) western Japan distribution center — making it the largest solar power installation in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. A completion ceremony was held on February 20.


Photo: 500kW system on the roof of Wacoal Distribution Corp.’s western Japan distribution center
500kW system on the roof of Wacoal Distribution Corp.'s western Japan distribution center

Location

Wacoal Distribution Corp.
(Moriyama, Shiga Pref.)

Power output

499.95kW

No. of modules

Approx. 2,400

Start of operation

February 11, 2012



With growing momentum in society to reduce CO2 emissions and increase use of renewable energy, Wacoal decided to install the solar power generating system to promote environmental protection and to reduce its use of grid-supplied electricity. Moreover, the system was installed with the goal of offering the facility as a local evacuation site for the community in the event of a natural disaster.

The system is comprised of roughly 2,400 high-output solar modules and is expected to produce approximately 443,000kWh annually. The energy generated from the system will be enough to cover roughly one-third of the distribution center's annual power consumption — the equivalent amount used by 110 typical households.


The system uses Kyocera's patented anti-dust modules (for installations at a flat or low angle) which have a structure that prevents dust and water from collecting on the surface — allowing rain water to wash off build-up via drainage channels along the frame of the module (these modules are only available to the Japanese market). This prevents the adverse effect of dust build-up on the module's glass surface which decreases the power output.   Photo: Drainage channels along the frame of the module allow rain water to wash off dust from the surface
Drainage channels along the frame of the module allow rain water to wash off dust from the surface

Kyocera holds the top share* in the Japanese market for installation volume of public- and industrial-use solar power by meeting the diverse requirements of customers with a wide range of products and individually tailored engineering technology.

Kyocera will continue to meet the needs of its customers and contribute to solving environmental problems starting with the reduction of greenhouse gases.

*As of February 2012, based on research by Kyocera.