KYOCERA Solar Modules Tapped by Sierra Nevada to Power New Brewery in Mills River, NC

  KYOCERA Solar Modules Tapped by Sierra Nevada to Power New Brewery in Mills
  River, NC

    Solar installation makes energy-intensive brewing process sustainable

Business Wire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- July 30, 2014

Nearly everyone enjoys a good beer now and again. A delicious beer sustainably
brewed with renewable energy that pours down from the sun might make that
happy hour indulgence even more enjoyable.

Kyocera Solar Inc. announced today that Sundance Power Systems Inc. has
installed 650 kilowatts (DC) of high-quality Kyocera solar modules on Sierra
Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, North Carolina brewery. The modules will
help power the brewery’s energy-intensive processes, making Sierra Nevada
beers brewed there arguably among the most environmentally friendly adult
beverages available. A video of the rooftop array can be seen at

“Kyocera has been a leader in the solar industry for nearly four decades, and
is committed to helping commercial enterprises operate in a sustainable
fashion,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar Inc. “We ‘raise our
glass’ to Sierra Nevada for utilizing the abundant power of the sun to brew
its delicious beers, and stand ready to assist other companies in following
these sustainable footsteps.”

With roots in Northern California, Sierra Nevada takes the mantra “reduce,
reuse, recycle” seriously, and is committed to operating an environmentally
sustainable enterprise. The 2,030 Kyocera KD320 photovoltaic (PV) solar
modules atop the new brewery’s packaging center and warehouse exemplify this

“Integrating renewable energy into our Mills River facility was an important
part of our project design," said Cheri Chastain, sustainability manager at
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “Sundance Power Systems designed and installed our
650kW Kyocera solar system, which covers nearly two acres on our roof. We are
looking forward to enjoying many years of renewable energy from this system.”

Over a year, the Kyocera PV modules are estimated to offset 588 metric tons of
CO[2], a carbon impact equal to removing 124 cars from the road according to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kyocera has powered the market’s most demanding solar applications for four
decades — from residential rooftops to utility-scale PV plants ranking among
the world’s largest. Craft brewers now see solar as a step toward economic
independence as well as sustainability and simpler living. Other brewers using
Kyocera modules include Central Waters Brewing Co. of Amherst, Wisc., and
Pizza Port Brewing Co. of Carlsbad, Calif.

Sierra Nevada will host its first public event for its Mills River brewery on
Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 1-6pm, when the company’s Beer Camp Across
America, a seven-city touring festival, makes its grand finale in North
Carolina. With more than 110 regional craft breweries pouring, attendees will
sample artisanal varieties while enjoying live music and — like the Kyocera
solar panels on the roof -- soaking up the summer sun.

To learn more about Kyocera Solar solutions for both residential and
commercial projects in the U.S. and Mexico, please contact or 800-223-9580.


Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar
photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 39-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 5 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, and solar module manufacturing
facilities operated by Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. of Tijuana, Mexico.

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 fiscal year
ended March 31, 2014, the company’s consolidated net sales totaled 1.45
trillion yen (approx. $14.1 billion USD).


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