During the Solar Power International show in Orlando last week I had a chance to catch up with Kyocera Solar, Inc. The company showed off its solar energy solutions and new programs as a “Watt” sponsor of the show. Partners Enphase and UMA Solar also highlighted their offerings at the booth.
Particularly, Kyocera featured its MyGen Flex kits paired with micro-inverters for residential and small commercial applications. Other topics discussed were:
• Kyocera Solar Finance: a program designed in partnership with De Lage Landen Financial Services to provide loan and lease options to consumers seeking light commercial and mid-to-large commercial installations.
• Kyocera Training: in partnership with National Solar Trainers, Kyocera recently announced a wide array of IREC-certified (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) and NABCEP-registered (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) training options to its dealers nationwide in live, hands-on and online formats.
• East Coast Solar Warehouse: a new solar products warehouse in Cherry Hill, N.J. to augment Kyocera’s established distribution points in San Diego and Scottsdale, Ariz. The new warehouse will help ensure fast, cost-effective service for Kyocera customers on the U.S. East Coast.
• Kagoshima Mega Solar: a 70-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in southern Japan is being built by Kyocera and two other companies to help solve Japan’s power supply issues resulting from the effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The plant will make a substantial contribution to environmental protection, including the reduction of CO2 emissions.
• AV Solar II: a 127MW, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) installation in southwestern Arizona, of which KSI is supplying 34MW of its U.S.-made solar modules.
Kyocera’s been around for more than 37 years, a respectable amount of time for any company, but particularly impressive for one in the solar industry. The company’s quality is especially evident in its recent announcement that its solar modules show only minimal power output degradation after 20 years in the field.