Kyocera is a Japanese
company, with regional subsidiaries around the globe on every
continent. They produce a large line of panels for use in residential
and commercial applications, and also offer a solar engineering service
where they can help design and install a complete solar system. All
Kyocera solar panels come with a 20
year power output warranty and a five year workmanship warranty.
Kyocera panels are also
the only panels to ever pass rigorous testing from TUV Rhineland, which
makes them one of the longest
lasting panels on the market today. Kyocera is only behind
Sharp in Japanese solar companies, which makes it one of the top
companies in the world. However, due to the rise in Chinese solar
companies, the Kyocera panels are now on the more expensive
They usually cost around
$2.5 per watt, while many of their competitor’s panels cost between $1
and $2 per watt, and possibly even cheaper when purchased in bulk.
However, the quality in the Kyocera solar panels is also much greater
than most of the competition, so you’ll
get what you pay for.
Future of Kyocera Solar
Kyocera is currently
investing a huge amount of money in their solar panel production
facilities, and plans to increase their production output to 1,000
megawatts or 1 gigawatt by 2013, which would make them far and away the
industry’s leading producer of solar panels.
They are stepping up
production capabilities at their facilities in Asia, Mexico, and
Europe, and have announced plans to build a production facility in San
Diego, California to further meet the growing solar demand in the
United States. Kyocera Solar has also announced that their
will now be an available option
on all new Toyota Prius
cars, and they are also in talks
to provide cells for other hybrid automobiles.
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The KD P Series line of
solar panels uses multicrystalline silicon 156mm by 156mm solar cells,
which have an increased output over most of their competitor’s cells.
These panels are available in 7 different models ranging from a 36
cell-135 watt module all the way to an 80 cell-315 watt
panels are some of the lightest
in the industry, with the smallest
135 W solar panel KD135SX-RP panel weighing 27
pounds and the largest KD315 panel weighing in
at a mere 60 pounds. These panels are suited for residential or
commercial use, depending on the energy output required.
The KD F Series is
available in the same 7 wattages as the P Series, and in fact, the only
major difference between the two lines is in the color of the panels.
The P Series uses black solar cells, while the cells in the F Series
are a bluish color.
The other difference is
that the F Series qualified
for the “Buy American” clause in the now expired American Recover and
Reinvestment Act, which meant that they qualified for special tax
incentives due to the fact that they are produced in
Kyocera Solar also
manufactures one line of off-grid panels, the KD 100-36, which is
available in either the blue KD 100-36 FSX or in the black KD 100-36
PSX. These panels are available in either a 135 watt module or a 140
watt module, both of which are perfect for any and all off-grid
applications. The panels themselves are small and light, which makes
them much easier to transport to any remote location. These panels are
for use in off-grid systems which use
a battery instead of being
connected directly to the utility grid.
Kyocera Project Solutions
and Site Evaluation
Kyocera recommends you
only purchase their panels through a licensed dealer and have them
installed by a Kyocera certified installation expert. However, if you
wish, Kyocera can take care of your entire solar project for you.
Kyocera Solar offers a Project
Solutions division, which they describe
as solar engineering. In reality, you will work with a professional who
can help with every step of the process.
This begins with them
coming to do a site evaluation at your property to determine the best
location, size, and type of solar system to fit your specific needs and
location. They will then design the entire solar system with you and
ensure it is the best possible solar system for you. Kyocera then will
order the solar panels and all other components you’ll need. The system
will then be installed by Kyocera certified professionals.
While this service and the
system itself may cost you a bit more money than if you did all of the
work yourself, but it’s one of the only ways to be absolutely sure than
you are maximizing the amount of energy your solar system can generate.
Kyocera Solar is also very familiar with working within a tight budget,
so you can be guaranteed that they will be able to help you design
whatever solar system you need or can afford.
Other Kyocera Solar
If you don’t want to go
the Project Solutions route, and would prefer something much simpler,
then Kyocera MyGen
might be for you. The MyGen system consists of a
customizable solar kit which includes all of the
you’ll need. When ordering one of the kits, you’ll need to perform your
own site evaluation and know how much space you have and how much
energy you want your solar system to generate. The kits can still be
installed by a Kyocera certified installer.
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