Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that its solar modules have been installed on a new photovoltaic (PV) carport at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California (TMMBC). The system was inaugurated today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante; Federico Serrano Banuelos, president of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana (AIM); Joe Da Rosa, president of TMMBC; and David Hester, president of Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
The new carport canopy, which covers a portion of the TMMBC facility's parking area, will harness the sun's energy to further enhance Toyota's environmental friendliness and reduce carbon emissions by more than 28 tons each year. Designed and installed by Todo Solar MX, the system features 24 kilowatts (kW) of Kyocera solar modules and an SMA Sunny Boy power inverter to generate up to 121 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each day - equivalent to the daily energy requirements of about 15 typical Tijuana-area homes.
"Toyota's commitment to the environment is a way of life, both within our operations and in our products -- as exemplified by award-winning vehicles like the Toyota Tundra pickup and Prius hybrid sedan," said Joe Da Rosa, president of TMMBC. "We are pleased to partner with Kyocera to install this solar carport as a visible reminder of our efforts to create a healthier environment for future generations."
TMMBC has been manufacturing Toyota trucks and cars in its Baja California facility since 2002, where it employs 985 people.
Kyocera and Toyota have a history of collaboration on projects to benefit the environment. In 2008, Toyota's Tsutsumi Plant in Japan installed a Kyocera solar power generating system rated at 2,000kW, enough to power about 500 local households. Additionally, Kyocera's solar cells are integrated into a unique Solar Powered Ventilation System available as an option on select Toyota Prius hybrid automobiles.
"Kyocera is delighted to assist Toyota in achieving its renewable energy goals," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "We are especially pleased to support applications like the Toyota manufacturing plant in Baja California and the globally renowned Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle."
Both Toyota and Kyocera have environmental management systems in their Baja California manufacturing facilities to lower greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy, reduce waste, promote recycling and enhance sustainability.
"Kyocera is honored to see our four decades of solar industry experience at work benefiting the Tijuana community, where a significant proportion of our solar modules are manufactured," said David Hester, president of Kyocera Mexicana. "As members of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana, we invite all area businesses to join us in promoting sustainability through solar power generation."
Kyocera is one of the world's leading producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 38-year history of innovation in solar technology, the company is recognized as an industry pioneer and has set repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency. Kyocera serves thousands of residential and industrial customers in both developed and developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed since 1975.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia, and solar module manufacturing facilities operated by Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. of Tijuana, Mexico.
Kyocera Corporation /quotes/zigman/194992/quotes/nls/kyo KYO +4.79% (tokyo:6971), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or "advanced") ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered materials with other technologies to create solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2013, the company's net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6 billion).