Kyocera Solar: Manufacturing in San Diego started

New production plant in the USA

28 June 2010

Kyoto / Neuss, 28 June 2010 – The Japanese technology corporation Kyocera, one of the leading manufacturers in the photovoltaic field, is manufacturing solar modules in California since June, to serve the U.S. market’s growing demand for clean energy. The new solar manufacturing line has an initial production target of 30 megawatts per year. Kyocera is targeting a global production capacity of one gigawatt per year, by March 2013.

Kyocera decided consciously for San Diego as production location, in order to react to the increasing demand of the American market for private, commercial as well as for ready-to-use solar plants.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said: “Even in this recession, green jobs in California have grown, and Kyocera’s decision to locate its solar manufacturing operations in San Diego will create even more jobs at a time when they are needed most.” “Kyocera’s San Diego plant will provide locally manufactured high-quality, high-efficiency solar modules to serve the expanding U.S. market. With a 35-year experience of providing clean energy through solar modules, Kyocera is targeting a global production capacity of one gigawatt per year by March 2013 to meet worldwide demand” said Mitsuru Imanaka, European president of Kyocera Fineceramics.
In addition to the operations coming to San Diego, Kyocera currently has solar module manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico. Kyocera Group companies currently employ more than 4,000 people in the United States.
In its production, Kyocera attaches particular importance to covering the entire value-added chain itself and thus guaranteeing quality and performance of the modules.
Thanks to the interplay between 35 years of experience in the solar business, a close control and the fully automated manufacturing process Kyocera achieves an exceptionally high product quality. This means efficiency, durability and reliability, which provides benefits for private users and operators of large-scale solar plants alike.

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