200-kW Solar Array at Sanyo U.S. Headquarters

Sanyo North America has commissioned two new solar installations that will generate 200 kW of clean, electrical power. The two solar arrays, a 150-kW PowerLight PowerGuard system atop the roof of Sanyo’s U.S. headquarters, and a 50-kW PowerLight PowerTracker on the adjacent carport structure, will generate enough electricity during the daytime to power over 200 homes.

San Diego, California – January 14, 2004 [] These solar electric systems were furnished by PowerLight Corporation using Sanyo’s frameless HIT-190 solar modules, and will be completed by Spring 2004. “This installation represents a great partnership between Sanyo and PowerLight, two companies that have developed outstanding solar technologies,” said PowerLight President Dan Shugar. “We’re delighted Sanyo has paired its high efficiency solar modules with PowerLight’s innovative PowerGuard solar roofing assembly. Deploying them together at Sanyo’s headquarters demonstrates a tremendous commitment to renewable generation — a critical component in our energy mix.” The two new solar arrays contain 1,056 solar panels. Sanyo’s HIT-190 solar cell features an energy conversion rate of 18.5 percent, which the company claims is the highest rate for mass-produced cells currently available. The proprietary solar cell is a hybrid of technologies that produces an optimal yield-to-area ratio. Users achieve higher energy output in less space. “Sanyo is demonstrating its commitment to people and the Earth with these two solar arrays,” said Masafumi Matsunaga, President of Sanyo North America Corporation. “It is our pleasure to join forces with PowerLight to demonstrate that solar power makes environmental and economic sense for businesses and people.”