Kyocera Helps Bring Telecom Technology to Africa

Kyocera Solar, Inc. has been chosen by Siemens Communications to provide solar-powered systems for telecommunication projects in Ethiopia and Uganda.

Scottsdale, Arizona – February 13, 2003 [] The photovoltaic (PV) systems will power large microwave stations, manufactured by Siemens Mobile Communications SpA, allowing Ethiopia Telecommunications Corporation to expand its network to reach 54 new sites in Ethiopia. Three additional PV systems will power telecommunications projects in Uganda. In Ethiopia, Kyocera Solar will provide 36 systems requiring a total of more than 1,500 Kyocera KC-120 solar modules.The PV systems will range from 960 W to 14,800 W each. Three 9,120 W systems will be shipped to Uganda. These solar-powered systems, provided through Siemens, will form the backbone of the local communications network in both countries. “Thousands of people in these two countries will have access to a telephone for the first time, thanks to clean, renewable solar technology,” said Doug Allday, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “Our PV systems provide a far superior alternative to using prime power generators, which burn fossil fuels and require greater maintenance and significantly higher operating costs.” The solar-powered telecommunications systems are scheduled to begin operating by the summer of 2003 in both Ethiopia and Uganda. Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a major world-wide supplier of solar electric energy solutions for the telecommunications industry, with headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.
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