Kyocera today announced that its manufacturing facility in Tijuana,
Mexico, has produced its one-millionth solar module. More than 400
employees gathered for a celebration by signing the back of the module
to commemorate the event.
The millionth module testifies to Kyocera’s early involvement in solar
manufacturing. In December 2004, nearly 30 years after manufacturing its
first solar modules in Japan, the company commenced module production in
Tijuana. In response to rising demand, Kyocera expanded that facility
with a second plant in 2009, increasing the capacity in Tijuana to 240
megawatts (MW) per year. In June 2010, the company began its first U.S.
production of solar modules, with an initial capacity target of 30MW per
year in San Diego.
Solar energy is now one of Kyocera’s fastest-growing businesses
globally, with the company targeting global production capacity of 1,000
megawatts annually (equal to one "gigawatt”) by March 31, 2013. In
addition to the operations in San Diego and Tijuana, Kyocera currently
has solar module manufacturing facilities in Japan, China and the Czech
As an illustration of Kyocera’s global expansion plan, the one-gigawatt
capacity will allow the company to supply 3.5-kilowatt solar-electric
systems for about 285,000 homes each year.
More than 20 Kyocera facilities worldwide already incorporate their own
on-site solar-electric generating systems, including a 214-kilowatt
Solar Grove parking lot in San Diego and a 100-kilowatt rooftop system
"Our Mexico facility’s one-millionth module will go on display to
symbolize how far we’ve come locally in just six years,” stated Steve
Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "This milestone demonstrates
Kyocera’s 35-year history of commitment to quality and innovation in the
solar industry, and serves as an example of how Kyocera is making
sustainable energy a truly global effort.”
Kyocera established U.S. operations in 1969, and started a trend as the
first Japan-based corporation with manufacturing operations in the State
of California (in 1971). Kyocera Group companies currently employ
approximately 4,000 people in the United States.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. (http://www.kyocerasolar.com)
is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric
energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and
regional sales centers in the U.S., Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar,
Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing
regions. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera
International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and
holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in
1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics”).
By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and
integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera Corporation has become
a leading supplier of solar electric generating systems,
telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, electronic components,
semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During
the year ended March 31, 2010, the company’s net sales totaled 1.07
trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th
anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S.
operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 "Global
2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.