Kyocera Begins Manufacturing Solar Modules in California

The new solar manufacturing line has an initial production target of 30 megawatts per year.

Kyocera announced on June 3 that it has begun manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, Calif., to serve the U.S. market's growing demand for clean, sustainable solar electric generating systems.

The U.S. module production line will support a new milestone for Kyocera's solar energy business -- global production volume targeting 1,000 megawatts (one "gigawatt") of solar cells per year by March 2013.

The new solar manufacturing line has an initial production target of 30 megawatts per year. Initial production includes solar modules ranging from 210 watts to the company's latest flagship 235-watt modules.

"High-quality, high-efficiency solar modules from Kyocera's San Diego plant fulfill the 'Buy American' provisions enacted by the U.S. government, while meeting the rising demand for renewable energy that has accompanied the current administration's 'Green New Deal' measures," stated Tatsumi Maeda, vice president and general manager of Kyocera Corporation's Solar Energy Group.

In addition to the new production operations in San Diego, Kyocera currently has solar module production facilities in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico.

"Kyocera's solar solutions go beyond residential rooftops -- we specialize in transforming unused spaces, even parking lots and water-treatment facilities, into self-contained solar-electric generating systems that benefit communities and our planet."

Kyocera established its U.S. operations in 1969 and currently employ approximately 4,000 people in the United States.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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