KYOTO, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) today announced that 960-kilowatts (kW) of its solar modules (roughly 4,300 units) have been installed on the roof of the recently opened AEON Itami-Koya shopping center (operated by AEON Retail Co., Ltd.) in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. The total solar power generating system is 1.16-megawatts (MW), of which 960kW are Kyocera modules, making it one of the largest systems on a commercial building in the country. Kyocera’s modules alone provide the equivalent amount of electricity for about 210 typical homes* (990,000kWh) and will off-set roughly 310-tons of CO2 per year.
Kyocera modules are already being used in a large number of commercial and industrial installations in Japan. In particular, 126 AEON shopping centers around the country have installed a total of over 10MW of the company’s modules — making up roughly 80% of the modules used at all of their solar-power-equipped locations.
The AEON shopping center in Itami City is a large-scale facility containing 159 businesses. Aside from having one of the largest solar power generating systems for a commercial facility, the “Eco-Mall” also employs other environmental and energy conserving features such as growing plants on the outer walls, and a parking lot surrounded by grass.
* Based on average home use of 4,734kWh/year (Source: The Energy Conservation Center, Japan)
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971)(http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, electronic components, printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company’s net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). The company is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000″ listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
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