Kyocera to Install Solar Power Generating Systems at six Domestic Manufacturing Sites

Kyocera will install solar power generating systems using the company’s own solar modules at six Japanese plants by March 2011, generating a total of 593kW. This move will increase the number of Kyocera domestic manufacturing sites equipped with solar power generating systems to 10 — all of the company’s manufacturing sites in Japan — and the number of global group company sites to 20. Kyocera already has a number of solar power generating systems installed at its group companies inside and outside Japan, which combined with the new systems, will boost the company’s total output to 1,815kW (1.8MW).

Among the six plants to be equipped with new systems are the Yasu Plant (Shiga), which is the company’s new solar cell manufacturing plant; the Kitami Plant (Hokkaido), which mainly manufactures mobile phone handsets; and the Sendai Plant (Kyushu), which mainly manufactures ceramic components and ceramic knives. The six new systems are expected to generate 591,000kWh in total per year — equivalent to the annual power consumption of approximately 125 standard households.