Kyocera and Kinney Construction unveil new PV system in Sedona, Arizona

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Kinney Construction Services (KCS) has completed one of the first in a series of photovoltaic systems for the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District at Sedona Red Rock High School in Sedona, Arizona. Over 3,838 Kyocera Solar KD210 high-efficiency multicrystalline solar panels are on the 806kW PV system, which will generate about 1.45 million kWh of electricity each year.

The PV project is part of the Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Alternative Energy Project that will install renewable energy systems in the district to preserve the environment and reduce utility costs. A solar hot water heater system and geothermal technologies are planned in addition to the installation of PV systems; all of which are scheduled for completion by June 2011.

“Kyocera is excited to be a part of this significant and educational installation in Sedona by supporting the award-winning design-build firm of Kinney Construction Services,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar. “Educating our youth about the benefits of renewable energy is the first step toward a more environmentally conscious future.”
 
KCS has already begun the design and build stages for other PV systems that will be added to the school district, all to which will use Kyocera solar modules. A 42kW system at the district office and a 60kW system at West Sedona School are among the upcoming solar PV installations.
 
In order to additionally educate students about the positive use of renewable energy, an educational PV monitoring system was included on the Sedona Red Rock High School installation, allowing them to see how much power is generated in real time.
 
“The educational component for the students is going to be really intriguing,” explained Mike Thomas, KCS project manager. “Students will be able to compare different types of photovoltaic systems, including thin-film and multicrystalline technologies, and see the difference in electricity production of fixed versus tracking solar arrays.”

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