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Kyocera's History in Solar Energy

Research and development of solar cells begins
Establishing Japan Solar Energy Corp.(JSEC)Kyocera establishes the Japan Solar Energy Corp. (JSEC) as a joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Mobil Oil Corporation and Tyco Laboratories Inc., to engage in the research and development of solar cells.
Product shipments begin
A microwave communications station Kyocera receives an order from NEC for an 8kW system to power a microwave communications station installed 4,000 meters above sea level in Peru. This is the first large-scale solar power generating system to be produced using the edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) process.

Mass production begins at Yohkaichi Plant in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Yohkaichi Plant in Shiga Full-scale research, development, and manufacturing of solar cells, related products and other solar thermal energy systems begins at Yohkaichi Plant in Shiga Prefecture.
Industry's first solar-powered street lamps introduced
Solarpowered street lamps

1976 Development and production of solar modules using silicon ribbon crystal.
1980 Development and marketing of the natural-circulation / thermosyphon solar hot water systems "Warm Sun."
1981 Development and marketing of forced-circulatory solar hot water supply systems (“Son of Sun”).
1981 Development and marketing of vacuum-tube type heat collector AV series for industrial use.

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