Why Kyocera Panels?
The number of companies offering solar energy products has increased 51% annually since the year 2000. While that kind of rapid growth may make for a dynamic industry, it also means there are a lot of inexperienced companies out there—companies that do not have the proven experience or expertise found with Kyocera Solar.
The KYOCERA GROUP is made up of 229 companies, accounting for more than 70,000 employees. Fiscal year 2013 net sales for the KYOCERA GROUP were $13.6 Billion. In fact, they have been profitable every year of operation. They were previously rated “Aa3” by Moody’s–high quality with very low credit risk (No current outstanding debt!), and the company is ranked #492 on Forbes magazine’s 2013 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. No other solar company has such strength.
Kyocera manufactures and assembles solar cells and modules at its own worldwide production sites using a true vertical integration process called Chain of Custody. This superior approach gives Kyocera complete control over every step of the manufacturing process, producing modules with built-in quality, proven superior field performance, and tight power tolerance.
Their manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 9001 & 14001, and produce state of the art technology.
They have recently celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the Sakura Solar Energy Center. This world renowned facility is the site of a 43kW Grid-tie System, installed in 1984. This system consists of more than 1000 modules exposed to over 45,000 hours of solar irradiation. Research has proven that these panels have shown a degradation of just 9.6%!
What is a Solar Panel Grid-Tie Systems?
Grid-tie system is any type of renewable energy system that is connected, “tied”, to the utility grid. When you produce more energy that you are consuming, the meter will spin backwards and the extra energy will be sent to your utility company. Depending on the utility company and what programs are available, the extra energy will either be used as a credit or in some instances, the utility company will pay you for the excess energy.
To check what programs and incentives are available please check with your local utility company or The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy at: http://www.dsireusa.org/
What is a Solar Panel Off-Grid System?
Off-Grid systems and battery back-up systems are not tied to the electrical grid system.
Both are great for remote locations and back-up systems. They do require more maintenance due to the batteries. Pictured to the right is a battery back up system we installed in Plymouth, Indiana this past year. Most of their system is tied into the grid, but the bottom 6 panels feed into the batteries and are used in case the power goes out to keep their critical loads up and running.