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Kyocera Modules Power Calif. Solar Electric System

Kyocera Solar Inc. recently announced that 5472 of its KD210 high-efficiency polycrystalline solar panels have been installed atop existing shade structures on three parking deck roofs of an Irvine, Calif.-based financial institution campus. The 1.15-MW installation is the largest to date in Orange County, Calif.

The photovoltaic (PV) system will provide nearly 50% of the energy used to power the corporate campus data center and central plant equipment, which is expected to save the organization more than $14 million in energy costs over the next 25 years. Independent Energy Solutions Inc. (IES), a leading developer of turnkey renewable energy systems, designed and constructed the solar PV system. Construction of the project was completed in July.

“IES confidently recommended Kyocera modules for this key project because of their efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness,” said George Gisel, chief operating officer of IES. “We have many years of experience installing various generations of Kyocera modules and they have never let us down. Year after year, Kyocera has consistently been a valued and supportive partner of IES.”

The system will produce 1.7 million KW hours of power from the sun each year. Using solar power instead of conventional power will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 30,725 tons over the next 25 years, which is the environmental equivalent of 3.8 million miles not driven by fossil-fuel-burning vehicles each year.

“IES used Kyocera’s patented G-Frame, a special frame that allows for end-mounting of modules, to maximize the available roof and carport space in this installation,” said Brad Cocreham, director of grid tie sales for Kyocera. “The G-Frame enabled creative mounting of the solar array by utilizing brackets and clips on the ends of the panels instead of only on the sides, as they’re typically mounted.”

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