Mitsubishi Electric Solar Modules Power Innovation at Mazda’s U.S. R&D Center

  Mitsubishi Electric Solar Modules Power Innovation at Mazda’s U.S. R&D

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- March 31, 2014

State-of-the-art Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) modules are now
powering cutting-edge automotive research and development at Mazda North
America’s Research & Development facility in Irvine, Calif. Mitsubishi
Electric US, Inc., a diversified global electronics manufacturer, celebrating
40 years in the solar business, supplied Mazda with 1222 PV modules for a
317kW solar electric system that is expected to deliver half of the facility’s
power needs, while cutting its electric bill in half.

Mitsubishi Electric solar modules cover Mazda's US R&D Center. The 317 kW
installation is in Irvine, ...

Mitsubishi Electric solar modules cover Mazda's US R&D Center. The 317 kW
installation is in Irvine, Calif. (Photo: Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.)

Solar installation firm, Sun Integration, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., installed
Mazda’s PV system, which also includes a Solectria Renewables inverter and
Orion™ Solar Racking. The PV system is estimated to supply more than 489,684
kWh annually. The clean energy produced over the system’s expected lifespan of
25 years will prevent an estimated 18.6 million pounds of CO[2] from entering
the atmosphere. This is equivalent to the emissions resulting from burning
19,625 barrels of oil. The project was financed in part by the federal
business energy investment tax credit and the California Solar Initiative

“Diversifying our energy sources and using them efficiently is part of Mazda’s
environmental charter to maintain harmony with nature in our business
activities worldwide,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO for Mazda North
American Operations. “In addition, as a result of powering this building with
solar, we can direct our utility bill savings toward further investment in
automotive research and development.”

Mazda’s investment in renewable energy for its facilities complements the
company’s core environmental initiative: using existing technology to maximize
driving efficiency while keeping this technology affordable for everyone.
Mazda has managed to achieve class-leading fuel mileage in every vehicle
equipped with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Such vehicles include the 2014 Mazda3,
2014 Mazda6 and the first vehicle to debut with the full-suite of SKYACTIV,

“Mitsubishi Electric prizes our long-standing relationship with Mazda, a
valued customer worldwide,” said Katsuya Takamiya, president and CEO of
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. “We’re pleased to help strengthen the performance
of Mazda’s North American Operations by supplying our solar modules, which
represent the top quality Mazda has come to expect from Mitsubishi Electric.”

About Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s Photovoltaic Division

Mitsubishi Electric designs, engineers and manufactures high quality solar
panels to deliver clean, reliable energy to its customers throughout the
world. With more than 90 years of electronics manufacturing expertise and 40
years’ experience developing solar power technology, Mitsubishi Electric is
one of the most established solar providers in the industry. Residential,
commercial, and government customers can count on the company’s 25-year
limited warranty to optimize their return on investment. Additional
information is available at or by calling

About Mazda

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and
oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda
vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700
dealers.Operations in Mexico are managed byMazdaMotor de Mexico in
MexicoCity. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and
B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

Orion is a trademark of Orion Solar Racking.

SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation

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Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
Allison Arnold
Mazda North American Operations
Nick Beard
Sun Integration
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