Kyocera Corp. announced that it has proudly installed more than 1,200solar power generating systems at public schools in Japan — rankingKyocera as the No.1 supplier in this segment of the Japanese market.
The use of solar power at schools in Japan has grown exponentially inrecent years with the government’s "School New Deal" initiative, whichaims to broadly enrich the nation’s educational facilities.
Aspart of the economic crisis countermeasures set forth in 2009, theSchool New Deal initiative advocates for the fundamental reform offacilities to promote schools that have the appropriate educationalenvironment for the 21st Century.
Specifically, the initiativeplans to promptly pursue higher earthquake-resistant building standardsand to utilize solar power generation under the broader concepts ofimproved environmental impact and enhanced information andcommunications technology (ICT).
In April 2009, the Ministry ofEducation, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology set a target ofincreasing the number of public elementary, middle and high schools with solar power installations to 12,000.
Since the start of theSchool New Deal initiative, the number of schools Kyocera has suppliedto has increased dramatically, with over 1,200 schools in the countrynow utilizing the power of the sun with Kyocera modules. In the marketfor school installations in Japan, Kyocera holds the No.1 share withover 40 percent.
Kyocera believes that this market share is adirect result of the company’s reputation for supplying highly reliableproducts and its ability to provide engineering services on acase-by-case basis for rapid implementation.
Use of solar powerat schools is part of the larger trend of growth in Japan’s public- andindustrial-use solar power market, which has expanded by roughly3.6-times* in the five-year period from FY2005 to FY2010. As solar power installations in this market segment typically require a diverse rangeof systems to optimize performance depending on the specific site,Kyocera’s business model in Japan is able to apply its design andinstallation technologies which have been cultivated through thecompany’s many years of experience in the solar industry.
Kyocera will continue to strive for the further implementation of clean energysolutions at schools by using the company’s strengths which have beendeveloped over its 35-year history in the solar industry.