Kyocera Solar Helps Secure Agricultural Needs

Solar photovoltaic (PV) provider Kyocera Solar, has supplied 760 of its 158-watt solar panels to power a massive, 350-horsepower water pump for Lehr Brothers Inc., a potato and citrus grower in Edison, California.

Scottsdale, Arizona – December 11, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] WorldWater Corporation, a solar engineering and water management company, designed and installed the solar pumping system, which operates both on utility-grid electricity and solar power. The system is designed to reduce electricity costs, especially during peak hours, and to ensure that the pump will remain operable in the event of a power outage or reduction on the grid. Electricity is more expensive and susceptible to outages during the middle of the day when the general electrical demands on the grid are the greatest. Fittingly, this is the time of day when solar arrays generate their highest electrical output. Coupling solar electric systems with water pumping insulates the Lehr Brothers facilities from both high electrical prices and outages which would bring the operation to a standstill. The 10,000-square-foot, 120 kW solar array is installed on a carport that that also shades farm equipment. “Solar power offers farmers an alternative energy source that is reliable, affordable and clean,” said Quentin T. Kelly, Chairman and CEO of WorldWater Corporation. “That is a significant plus for air quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley.” “Kyocera Solar is very pleased to be part of such a worthwhile project,” stated Jeff Taylor, Kyocera’s Eastern Region Sales Manager. “Our KC-158 photovoltaic panels are an ideal match for WorldWater’s AquaMax system.” Kyocera Solar, provides complete solar-powered water pumping systems for remote applications such as livestock watering, residential plumbing and light irrigation. In addition, Kyocera’s solar technology provides renewable energy for general-purpose electrical needs worldwide in virtually any remote area where utility service is expensive, unreliable or non-existent. WorldWater is a full service solar energy and water management company with high-powered solar technology providing solutions to water supply and energy problems. The company recently developed and patented AquaMax solar pumping systems capable of operating pumps up to 600 hp, making it the first solar company in the world with the power to deliver mainstream pumping capability.
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