KYOCERA Solar Panels Power Innovative Solar-to-EV Project with Smart City San Diego at San Diego Zoo

  KYOCERA Solar Panels Power Innovative Solar-to-EV Project with Smart City
  San Diego at San Diego Zoo

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- December 11, 2012

Kyocera Solar Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable
energy solutions, announced today that its photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are
powering the new 90-kilowatt canopy that charges electric vehicles (EVs) at
the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The Solar-to-EV project, in partnership with
Smart City San Diego, is run by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and is a part
of the Zoo’s commitment to environmental sustainability. All Kyocera solar
panels used in this project were manufactured in the U.S.A. at the company’s
San Diego facility.

The Solar-to-EV project is among the first of its kind. Its Kyocera solar
panels harness the sun’s energy to charge EVs in the Zoo’s parking lot and
provide renewable energy to the electrical grid, while its high-tech battery
system stores solar power for future use. Ten solar canopies, designed and
installed by Vista-based Independent Energy Solutions (IES), produce 90
kilowatts (kW) of peak generating capacity – enough to power 59 homes – as
well as five EV charging stations, including one in a nearby ADA-accessible
parking space. Using new lithium-polymer battery technology, its 100-kW energy
storage system is charged by the solar canopies to offset demand on the
electrical grid and recharge EVs after sunset.When the battery is full,
excess energy generated from sunlight is put into the grid to improve
reliability and benefit the surrounding community.The solar canopies also
provide shade to approximately 50 cars in the Zoo's southeast parking area.

"Kyocera is celebrating 41 years in San Diego, and 37 years as a leader in
solar energy solutions," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc.
"We're proud to work with other San Diego companies that are equally committed
to making sustainable energy a reality, especially at one of the most
well-known landmarks in the country."

"Independent Energy Solutions is honored to have served Smart Cities as the
design/build contractor on this Solar-to-EV project," said Linda Strand,
president and CEO of Independent Energy Solutions. "This project showcases how
energy storage, electric vehicle charging and solar energy can be successfully
integrated, providing benefits to the public while remaining environmentally

Smart City San Diego is a collaboration of local companies, government and
universities to drive projects that improve the region's energy independence,
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and showcase San Diegoas a clean energy

“This high-profile and innovativecollaborative project combines two major
sustainability initiatives – solar energy and electric vehicles – showcasing
tothe millions of Zoovisitors that the future of energy is inSan Diego
today,” said Jim Waring, executive chair of CleanTECH San Diegoand Smart City
San Diego partner. “Kyocera is a recognized solar industry leader and its
commitment to quality and local manufacturing is important to Smart City San
Diego’s mission as well.”

The clean energy produced by the Solar-to-EV project is equivalent to removing
189,216 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, or the same as
planting 2,788 trees annually. For additional comparison, the greenhouse gas
emissions savings from the electricity produced is equivalent to removing 21
cars from the road.Furthermore, PEVs driven on electricity produce zero
tailpipe emissions and no emissions overall when the electricity is directly
from solar power.

About Smart City San Diego

Smart City San Diego is a collaboration combining the resources of theCity of
San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego.
Together, these leading organizations from government, business, education and
non-profit are maximizing synergies to drive existing energy programs forward,
identify new opportunities, embrace additional collaborators and move theSan
Diego region beyond today's boundaries of sustainability. Visit the Smart City
San Diego website at

About Independent Energy Solutions

Founded in 1998, Independent Energy Solutions is a certified Woman-Owned
business and a leading developer in the field of renewable energy, solar
electric, energy storage, and microgrid systems. IES provides design/build,
construction, and maintenance services to a broad spectrum of clients
throughout the utility, commercial, military, public agency, and education


Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically integrated producers and
suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems, with a history of
innovation in solar technology since 1975. Recognized as a global leader and
industry pioneer in solar power solutions, Kyocera is in a unique position to
integrate its decades of experience into product development and support for
both residential and industrial clients across the globe. Kyocera serves
thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions, with more
than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed worldwide. The
company has set repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell
efficiency and most recently gained the distinction of producing the world’s
first modules to pass the Long-Term Sequential Test for reliability performed
by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.

Kyocera Solar Inc.  is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with regional
sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (, the
parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a
producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining
these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, printers, copiers, telecommunications equipment,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
components. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales
totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked
#426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000"listing of the world's largest
publicly traded companies.


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