Solar, Utility Scale

Kyocera PV Modules to Power 13.8 MW Spanish Facility

Kyocera Corporation announced that it will be the sole supplier of photovoltaic (PV) modules for a large-scale solar electric generating system in Salamanca, Spain. The facility, known as Planta Solar de Salamanca, incorporates about 70,000 Kyocera PV modules in three separate arrays on a 36-hectare (89-acre) site. According to Kyocera, its peak rated output of 13.8 megawatts makes the facility one of the largest PV systems in the world.

“We believe that clean, renewable solar electricity can help preserve our fragile environment and make a significant contribution to society’s energy needs,” said Tatsumi Maeda, General Manager of Kyocera Corporation‘s Solar Energy Group.

Planta Solar de Salamanca was designed as a central generating facility to serve a large number of remote users, following the model of more traditional commercial power plants. This design is made economically feasible by a feed-in tariff recently adopted in Spain and other European nations, in which electric power companies purchase electricity from system owners at above-market rates.