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KYOCERA Establishes Solar Warehouse in New Jersey to Enhance Customer Service, Reduce Costs for East Coast Customers

Newest warehouse not only ships solar modules but is also powered by them

Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced a new solar products warehouse in Cherry Hill, N.J. to augment its established distribution points in San Diego and Scottsdale, Ariz. The new warehouse will help ensure fast, cost-effective service for Kyocera customers on the U.S. East Coast.

“Kyocera’s newest warehouse location enables us to significantly reduce shipping costs for solar modules to our growing list of East Coast solar customers,” explained Chris Brown, eastern regional sales manager for Kyocera Solar, Inc. “In addition to reducing costs, we now offer 24-hour shipping to major markets in the eastern corridor.”

Kyocera partnered with NFI, a leading international provider of logistics, warehousing, and distribution services, for its new warehousing location. The company began shipping from the New Jersey facility in late June.

“NFI is a proven strategic partner for Kyocera’s distribution and logistics on the West Coast, so it is a natural expansion for them to support our East Coast location as well,” Chris explained.

To read the entire article, visit the Kyocera Solar web site.

KYOCERA Installs Solar Power Generating System at Hospital in the Marshall Islands

209kW Kyocera solar power generating system at Majuro Hospital in the Marshall Islands

209kW installation is largest PV system in the country

Kyocera Corporation along with Marubeni Corporation and Wakachiku Construction Co., Ltd. have supplied a solar power generating system to the Majuro Hospital in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a part of Micronesia. The 208.98kW solar installation will generate approximately 257MWh of annual electricity, which will help to offset roughly 81 tons of CO2 emissions per year*. The system is comprised of 972 Kyocera 215-watt solar modules, which have enhanced support bars to strengthen wind pressure resistance, as the island nation experiences strong trade winds.

This project is being funded by the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support the reduction of carbon emissions by utilizing renewable energy resources as an alternative to diesel electric power generation.

To read the entire article, visit the Kyocera Global web site.

* Based on calculations derived from standards created by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)

Kyocera’s Pioneering Solar Energy Business Gears up for Further Growth

Mexico plays a strategic role in Kyocera’s solar module manufacturing plans, not only as a production hub but also as a potential growing market for the company’s solar solutions.

You may be familiar with Kyocera, a Japanese manufacturer of microelectronics packaging, industrial ceramics, cutting tools, solar panels, cell phones and office equipment. What you may not know is that Kyocera boasts a rich history of operations in Mexico, since Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. (KMX) began manufacturing products in Tijuana, Baja California in 1989.

KMX has proved successful with a variety of manufacturing processes in the past 23 years. The hard-working employees of KMX have helped the company improve yield, reduce cycle time and lower defect rates on some of its most important products by executing complex technology transfers, adhering to the core principles of continued process improvement and a “customer-first” attitude.

“Tijuana has played a key role in Kyocera’s expansion, thanks to its pool of talented employees who have a strong commitment to producing high-quality products,” says John Rigby, President of Kyocera International, Inc., the firm’s San Diego-based North American headquarters and holding company. “Support from Mexican leaders and employees has made us stronger, and allowed us to serve more customers with high-value-added manufacturing,” he continues.

One area in which KMX has played a strategic role in Kyocera’s success is its solar module manufacturing expertise.

KMX began solar module production in Tijuana in 2004. In 2007, the company broke ground on its new, large-scale solar manufacturing facility in Tijuana, which represented an aggressive plan to more than double its annual solar capacity. KMX’s new, world-class production center –a two-story plant with 223,000 square feet of production space– for multi-crystalline silicon solar cells was inaugurated in 2009.

In 2010, the facility put the icing on the cake by installing a 100kW solar electric generating system on its roof. Now, in addition to manufacturing solar panels, KMX is producing clean, renewable power that flows directly from the sun through its solar array and into the power grid.

Today, KMX is Kyocera’s chief manufacturer of solar modules for North America; the plant’s production capacity continues to grow as demand for solar energy increases.

To read the complete article, visit the Kyocera Blog: KSI Solar News.