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2006-present

SOLAR by KYOCERA

Kyocera's History in Solar Energy

 2006
Kyocera’s solar cells achieve the world’s highest* conversion efficiency rate of 18.5%
In 2006, Kyocera’s 155mm x 150mm solar cells achieve the world’s highest* conversion efficiency rate of 18.5%, breaking the company’s own previous record.

*As of July 2006 based on research by Kyocera

 2009
Kyocera solar modules used on the Toyota Prius
Kyocera solar modules used for the Toyota Prius
©Toyota Motor Corporation 2009
Kyocera supplies solar modules for the Toyota Prius solar ventilation system, an optional feature for the hybrid car introduced by Toyota Motor Corporation.
The system ventilates the air inside of the car using the solar module on the rooftop to drive the fans while the car is parked during the daytime.

 2010
New solar cell manufacturing plant completed in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
New solar cell manufacturing plant completed in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture.Combined with the existing Yohkaichi Plant nearby, the plants serve as Kyocera’s solar cell manufacturing complex. With this expansion, Kyocera demonstrates its commitment to local revitalization and economic development as a community-based company, while it continues to expand its solar business.
 2011
First in the world to pass 'Long-term Sequential Test'

First in the World to Pass 'Long-Term Sequential Test'Kyocera’s multicrystalline silicon solar modules are the first in the world to pass all "Long-term Sequential Tests" performed by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd (headquarters: Germany), a third-party institute which independently evaluates the quality and reliability of solar modules.


 2012
Starts sales of Li-ion battery storage units
Starts Sales Li-ion Battery Storage Unit Designed to meet growing demand in Japan following the March 2011 disasters, Kyocera begins sales of a new system which combines solar power generating systems with long-lasting, high-capacity lithium-ion battery storage units. Also, Kyocera began sales of a home energy management system (HEMS), which efficiently controls the use of energy in the home.

 2013
Kyocera starts operation of 70MW solar power plant, the largest* in Japan
KYOCERA Starts Operation of 70MW Solar Power Plant, the Largest* in Japan Kyocera starts operation of a 70-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant went online on November 1 and is being operated by a special purpose company established by Kyocera and six other companies to sell the electricity to a local utility under Japanís feed in tariff (FIT) program. Clean safe electricity generated will provide the equivalent power for roughly 22,000 average households.

* Largest operating solar power plant in Japan. Based on research by Kyocera (as of November 1, 2013)

 2015
Through a joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing, Kyocera launches its first floating solar power plants at three reservoirs in Japan. Through a joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing, Kyocera launches its first floating solar power plants at three reservoirs in Japan.

 2016
Recognized as a “Top Performer” by DNV GL Recognized as a “Top Performer” by DNV GL
The Scorecard provides insights into the expected reliability of various brands of solar modules by subjecting them to unparalleled technical comparisons. Kyocera was the only manufacturer to be named as a “Top Performer” across all tests in both editions of the Scorecard.

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