KYOCERA Solar Helps Power Midway Airport’s New Environmentally Friendly Rental Car Facility

  KYOCERA Solar Helps Power Midway Airport’s New Environmentally Friendly
  Rental Car Facility

 25kW system installed by Green Power Solutions provides 30 percent of Quick
                      Turn Around facility’s electricity

Solar Power International 2013

Business Wire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- October 8, 2013

Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that 25 kilowatts (kW) of Kyocera
photovoltaic modules now help power Chicago’s Midway Airport’s new
environmentally friendly consolidated rental car facility. Installed by Green
Power Solutions, the PV system is on the roof of the Quick-Turn Around (QTA)
facility, where hundreds of rental cars are washed and refueled daily.

As planes taxi and land, passengers enjoy a great view of the rooftop PV
system, which supplies about 30 percent of the QTA’s power needs and provides
a strong visual reminder of Midway Airport’s green initiatives. The QTA
facility includes nine car wash bays, nine fueling islands, 36 fuel pumps and
two 20,000 gallon underground fuel tanks. Water used to wash the rental cars
is recycled.

Working together, Kyocera and Green Power Solutions were able to overcome a
structural challenge with the installation, which sits on a split-seam metal
roof, by modifying a special clamp on the racking system to secure the system
in place. Green Power Solutions also installed nine wind turbines in
conjunction with Midway Airport’s green initiative. The Chicago Department of
Aviation (CDA) is pursuing LEED certification for the project, which receives
three “green airplanes” for design and four green airplanes for construction,
as rated by the CDA’s Sustainable Airport Manual.

“We chose Kyocera because of its high-quality, reliable solar modules in
addition to the strong engineering support they provided, which helped
streamline the installation,” said Steve Arwady of Green Power Solutions. “We
received expert, hands-on solutions from Kyocera, which tipped the balance
when we compared panel for panel at almost the same price. We chose Kyocera,
the company that gave us the best service. We intend to partner with them on
future projects.”

With thousands of solar industry professionals flying into Chicago for the
Solar Power International tradeshow October 21-24, this visible solar
installation is an ideal way to show the industry that solar power is growing
in the Midwest.

“We’re excited to be a part of Midway Airport’s ‘greening,’ and hope this
installation serves as a high-profile reminder that solar power is the smart
choice for our nation’s future,” said Steve Hill, president, Kyocera Solar
Inc. “With 38 years of solar industry experience, Kyocera is committed to
providing reliable products that will help our nation’s municipalities
leverage the clean, renewable energy of the sun for decades to come.”

Midway isn't the only airport going solar with Kyocera. Tucson International
Airport recently wrapped up the first phase of a 2.5 megawatt (MW) solar
canopy installation using Kyocera polycrystalline silicon modules above the
main public parking lot. Completed in August, the 1MW section powers about a
third of the terminal complex's power needs.

To learn more about Kyocera Solar Solutions for both residential and
commercial projects, please contact infosolar@kyocera.com or 800-223-9580.

About KYOCERA

Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar
photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 38-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 other technologies to create 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).

ABOUT GP SOLUTIONS, LLC

Green PowerSolutions, a suburban Chicago-based real estate construction
company, provides energy conservation solutions for residential, commercial
and industrial real estate. GPS specializes in creating highly efficient
buildings by utilizing geothermal heating, air conditioning and hot water,
energy efficient lighting and energy monitoring technologies. It also creates
onsite renewable energy sources including PV solar systems, solar thermal and
small wind turbines. For information: Steve@greenpower-solution.com

Contact:

LPI Communications
Leasa Ireland or Brad Shewmake
310.750.7082 or 858.735.8748
leasa@lpicommunications.com or brad@lpicommunications.com
 
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