127 Megawatt Utility-Scale Solar Installation Opens in Arizona with 25MW of
U.S.-Made Solar Modules from KYOCERA
AV Solar II project will rank among North America’s largest when completed
later this year
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- May 1, 2013
Kyocera Solar Inc. today joined LS Power and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to
officially open the Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (AV Solar II)
utility-scale installation in southwest Arizona. Kyocera is providing 25*
megawatts (MW) of proven, reliable solar modules for the 127MW photovoltaic
(PV) installation; all Kyocera modules included in the project were U.S.-made.
Block 1 of the 5-section installation is now live, with the remaining sections
expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013.
“Today's opening of the AV Solar II mega-installation marks a major milestone
in Kyocera's four decades of manufacturing high-quality, long-lasting solar
modules,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar Inc. “We're proud to
provide U.S.-made products to this utility-scale installation, which adds to
the mega-installations around the world showcasing Kyocera’s unrivaled solar
solutions including a 204MW project in Thailand and a 70MW installation in
Manufactured in Kyocera’s San Diego production facility, the 245-watt and
315-watt modules are continuing to be installed on approximately 1,160 acres
near Arizona’s Hassayampa Substation in Maricopa County. Once complete, the
project’s 127MW-generating capacity will place it among the largest solar PV
installations in North America.
“Thanks to our strategic location, pro-business climate, skilled workforce and
strong incentives for solar development, Arizona is a national leader in the
solar industry,” said Arizona Governor Brewer. “As an Arizona-based company,
Kyocera Solar understands how critical this industry is to a secure economic
and renewable energy future.”
Developed by LS Power Group, the AV Solar II project will be the company’s
largest solar facility to date.
“Kyocera’s stellar reputation in the solar industry is based on decades-long
proven quality and high-efficiency, two important characteristics in our
decision to use Kyocera modules for a significant portion of AV Solar II’s
module supply,” said John King, executive vice president, LS Power.
* wattage in AC power; equivalent to approximately 34MW DC
Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar
photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 37-year history of innovation in
solar technology, the company is recognized as an industry pioneer and has set
repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency. Kyocera
serves thousands of residential and industrial customers in both developed and
developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment
installed since 1975.
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
(or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered
materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, such as
solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic
components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components.
During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28
trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).
LPI Communications for Kyocera
Brad Shewmake, 858-735-8748
Leasa Ireland, 310-750-7082
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