“The economic viability of PV systems and their positive impact on our environment represent a significant opportunity for businesses throughout California. By installing this very attractive system on a Kyocera facility, we are setting a new benchmark for commercial PV installations, and leading San Diego into the solar age.” Steve Hill, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc.
Unique Feature: Designed as a unique parking lot amenity, the Solar Grove™ fuses function, aesthetics, and sustainability. 25 Solar Trees™ featuring the first use of Kyocera Solar’s new translucent KC88CGS modules provide shade for 186 cars.
Financial Incentive: The economic viability of this project is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission’s “Self Generation Incentive Program,' as well as federal and state tax credits, and a five-year accelerated depreciation schedule.
Date Completed: June 2005
Design and Construction Team: Kyocera Solar, Inc. - Design Build General Contractor Tucker Sadler - Architect Midwest General, Inc. - Construction Management
- System Size: 235 kW AC
- Estimated Yearly Power Production: 421,000 kWh
- System Configuration
- Utility Interaction: Grid Connected
- Solar Modules - 1400 KC187GS, 200 KC88CGS (translucent modules)
- Inverters: 2 SMA America Sunny Central SC125U
- Batteries: None
- Charge Controllers: None
- Mount Structure: Unirac Sun Frame mounted on custom painted galvanized steel structure with poured concrete bases.