Solar, Storage

New Installations Harness Kyocera Solar Panels

Two separate solar photovoltaic (PV) installers have recently completed installations in California using Kyocera solar modules. Both the Audubon Center at Debs Park in East Los Angeles, and ChromaGraphics, a printing company in Santa Rosa, have tapped into the benefits of solar electric power, and rebates from the solar-friendly state.

Scottsdale, Arizona – November 7, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In an effort to hold true to its environmental charter, Audubon commissioned Solar Webb, a Kyocera Solar authorized dealer, to install a PV solar system incorporating 208 Kyocera KC-125G solar electric modules, which generate up to 26kW of solar power. The system is engineered to provide 100 percent of the Audubon Centerýs electrical power needs. The building was designed according to the U.S. Green Building Councilýs “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) guidelines with the intention of seeking the Council’s Platinum environmental rating, the highest available. “The Audubon Center at Debs Park will feature innovative design techniques that reduce our reliance on traditional building materials and energy sources, and still help us meet our mission of connecting with people and nature,” said Elsa Lopez, director of the Audubon Center. Solar Webb and Kyocera Solar worked with the architects of the Audubon Center at Debs Park on designing and installing the PV array, the accompanying power conversion equipment, and the energy storage system. This is a completely stand-alone power system that is not connected to the utility grid. “Kyocera Solar is proud to have been selected as the supplier of the PV modules for the Audubon Center building,” said Doug Allday, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “From one environmentally conscious organization to another, we are pleased to have helped the Audubon center in its attempt to achieve a Platinum LEED rating.” In the second Kyocera installation, Santa Rosa-based ChromaGraphics installed a 10-kW solar electric array on the roof of its facility. The PV array consists of 100 of Kyocera’s new high efficiency 125-watt d.Blue modules. The output from the array is estimated to offset up to 15 percent of ChromaGraphics’ electricity consumption while shaving peak load demand. The system was installed and has been operating since September 2003. The PV panels were arranged to form the capital letter “E” in order to optimize the available roof space while eliminating shading, and thereby maximizing yearly electric generation. ChromaGraphics anticipates a seven-year payback on their investment. “With the generous rebates, tax credits and accelerated depreciation, businesses can earn at least 10 percent annually on their money for the 25-year system life,” said Dan Felperin, of Fresh Energy Systems, a certified California dealer and installer.