KYOTO, Japan, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO)(TOKYO:6971) along with Marubeni Corporation and Marubeni Protechs Corporation announced that the companies have supplied a total of 160kW of solar power generating systems to the Diakov Hospital and Research Institution of Obstetrics Gynecology and Perinatology in Dushanbe, the capital city of the Republic of Tajikistan. The solar systems are Kyocera's first installations in the country and will generate approximately 196MWh of annual electricity, offsetting roughly 62 tons of CO2 emissions per year*.
The installations are being funded by the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to help raise power generation capacity and diversify energy sources in Tajikistan. They are the country's first grid-connected systems, comprised of 768 Kyocera 210W solar modules in total.
In 1984, Kyocera provided solar power to a village in Pakistan as part of the Japanese government's ODA project. Since then, it has been involved in approximately 40 ODA projects and has supplied a total of more than 3MW of solar systems to countries in Asia and Africa. Kyocera remains committed to help solve global environmental issues including efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
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 has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.