Kyocera solar cell panels will provide electricity for about 5,000 households in Salamanca, Spain

Kyocera, Japan announced its role as the sole supplier of photovoltaic (“PV”) modules for a super-large-scale solar electric generating system in Salamanca, Spain, that will meet the needs of about 5,000 private households. 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. Its peak rated output of 13.8 megawatts makes it the largest PV system ever created using Kyocera PV modules exclusively, and one of the largest PV systems in the world.

Kyocera expects strong global demand for solar energy products, and recently secured silicon supply agreements to permit a significant expansion in its business. The company operates solar module manufacturing centers in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico, and plans to have capacity to produce 500 megawatts of PV modules per year by March 2011.