Sanyo, PowerLight Complete 200 kW Projects

Sanyo North America recently dedicated two new solar installations that generate 200 kW of clean, electrical power for the company’s new facilities in San Diego. The two solar arrays, a 150 kW PowerLight system atop the roof of Sanyo’s U.S. headquarters, and a 50 kW PowerLight tracking system on the adjacent carport structure, generate enough electricity during the daytime to power over 200 homes.

San Diego, California – April 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] These solar electric systems were furnished by PowerLight Corporation using Sanyo’s frameless HIT-190 solar modules. The two new solar arrays contain 1,056 solar panels. Sanyo’s HIT-190 solar cell features an energy conversion rate of 18.5%, the highest rate for mass-produced cells currently available, according to the company.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 and CEO 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.” “Greater deployment of affordable, reliable renewable energy is critical for our city’s and our nation’s long term economic well-being and energy security, as well as the quality of our environment,” said Mayor Dick Murphy. “Sanyo’s new solar installation should be the model for businesses throughout San Diego, California and the U.S.” “Now is the time to encourage greater investment in renewable power and innovative technologies,” noted Irene Stillings, Executive Director of the San Diego Regional Energy Office. “The U.S. needs to diversify its energy mix and lessen our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels; it should be one of our highest priorities.” “This installation represents a great partnership between Sanyo and PowerLight, two companies that have developed outstanding solar technologies,” noted PowerLight President Dan Shugar. “We’re delighted Sanyo has paired its high efficiency solar modules with PowerLight’s innovative PowerGuard and PowerTracker technologies. Deploying them together at Sanyo’s headquarters demonstrates a tremendous commitment to renewable generation – a critical component in our energy mix.” Sanyo is one of the world’s leading solar photovoltaics manufacturers. In 2003, Sanyo opened a new 10MW factory in Mexico, and continues to produce ingots for solar cells at its Carson, California facility. Along with other solar companies, Sanyo has expanded its U.S. presence in recent years, providing high-value employment opportunities, and bringing a new level of quality and cell efficiency to the market.

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