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Solar Testimonial: How I Chose Kyocera Solar Panels for My Roof

Roy Webb, a recent retiree living in southern California, is looking more closely at his electric bills these days.

“Living in southern California and having no control over SDG&E (they plan a rate hike of 10+% in September) and with the recent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power station, I can only imagine we’re going to continue to see rates increase,” Roy explained. “To help control my cost of living, I decided to investigate solar. Years ago, the initial deterrent to going solar was price. However, over the past several years the costs have come down and there are different options available now, including solar leasing and federal tax rebates, that make solar more affordable.”

“I started investigating installers and received six bids. One thing I learned, after some research, was to stay away from inexpensive, cheaply made panels,” he stated. “They may cost less initially, but quality and long-term reliability were of significant concern to me, since I plan to rely on this solar electric system for decades to come.”

“I insisted on Kyocera solar panels – there will be no low-quality panels on my roof!”

Roy established his criteria for installers as follows:

  1. Must have been in the solar business for more than 10 years
  2. References were a major factor. (Roy called four or five of the references and visited customer sites as well.)
  3. Must offer modules from various manufacturers
  4. Module manufacturer needed to be well-established and stand behind their products (recently, several solar manufacturers have stopped making modules.)
  5. Must have a warranty on the modules and system output for a 20- to 25-year duration.
  6. Avoid companies that offer a computer or baseball tickets as a bonus when you sign up with them. (Roy checked web reviews and the Better Business Bureau, too.)

After reviewing six bids and staying true to his criteria, Roy chose Sullivan Solar, located in San Diego, to install his rooftop solar electric system.

“Sullivan Solar was very competitive and had excellent references,” Roy said. “They supported my choice to use Kyocera modules and from salesperson to project manager to installers were all professional and communicated well throughout the process.”

Why did Roy choose Kyocera panels?

“Quality,” he said. “Kyocera will stand behind their products – and is committed to producing high-quality products with outstanding reliability.”

Roy’s rooftop, grid-tied system is 7.35 kilowatts in size. The 30 Kyocera 245GX panels were installed and producing clean energy from the sun within eight weeks of signing the contract with Sullivan Solar.

“The entire process far exceeded my expectations,” Roy noted. “The solar power generated by this system will replace a minimum of 80% of my electricity needs.”

Now Roy is watching his electric meter go in reverse.  With net metering, he only gets an electric bill once a year from SDG&E. His system features live monitoring so he can see how much clean, renewable electricity the system is producing on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis.

“In summary, I’m very happy with how the procurement process went and my system performance is beyond what I expected,” Roy stated. “Kyocera solar is the way to go!”

KYOCERA Solar Modules Prove Long-Term Reliability in Colorado Mountains

KYOCERA modules keep performing after 10, 18, even 22 years in the field

Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that its solar modules installed on three individual sites in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have demonstrated long-term reliability and longevity despite extreme circumstances including a racking failure, high irradiance, freezing temperatures and heavy snow for months each winter.
At Colorado’s Big Mountain Ranch, an 8.2-kilowatt (kW) off-grid hillside installation from 2003 was re-racked in 2011 due to a failure in which the post-piers migrated downhill, creating severe torque and stress on the module frames. Despite the structural damage, and after 10 years of operation, the Kyocera modules continue to operate at more than 95 percent of their original rating.
“All 52 of the Kyocera modules survived this extreme racking stress in perfect condition,” said Steven Haines, Lead Solar Consultant for Sunsense Solar. “We rebuilt the hillside and re-racked the system without needing to replace even a single module.”

A recent test by a certified NABCEP* PV installation professional reveals that the Kyocera modules are performing well in spite of the extreme environment at 8,500 feet above sea level, which involves the modules being buried under snow and enduring solar irradiance levels of roughly twice those of laboratory test conditions.
“The results of the testing indicate that the modules are still producing above 95 percent of their originally rated short circuit current, even after a decade of service in an extreme environment,” Haines continued. “That’s significant, especially after the trauma they went through on the previous rack where they were twisted and pinched as the old ground mount rack settled down into the hillside. Normally that would affect the modules’ waterproofing and potentially cause internal water corrosion damage to the modules, but these Kyocera modules are working great.”

To read the entire article, go HERE.

KYOCERA and PV Systems Bring Solar Energy to Central Waters

Kyocera Solar has announced that its proven, reliable solar modules have been installed at the Central Waters Brewing Co. in Amherst, WI by Photovoltaic (PV) Systems. 17.8 kW of solar arrays are providing approximately 20 percent of the brewery's total electrical load from the clean, renewable energy of the sun.

The solar electric system is producing 21,472 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which helps to reduce electricity costs. The 12,500 square foot Central Waters Brewing Co. services more than 200 retail locations in Central Wisconsin and includes 18 unique beer style offerings.

"We're committed to being one of the most environmentally sustainable breweries in the country and we consider the environmental impact of every aspect of our business," said Paul Graham, president of Central Waters.

"Making beer can be very resource intensive so it was very important to offset some of that energy use with solar. Our Kyocera solar solution has performed extremely well since it was installed a couple of years ago. So well, in fact, that we've already expanded it."

The solar array features Kyocera's KD185GX PV module and the SB6000US inverter, allowing flexibility to utilize the solar energy on site or feed it into the electricity grid. Kyocera showcased its latest high quality, reliable solar solutions in the Kyocera/PV Systems Tent at the Annual Energy Fair in Wisconsin last weekend.

To read the entire article, go HERE.