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Kyocera Solar Grove Parking Lot

Kyocera Solar Grove

Kyocera recently held a public dedication for its first-ever Solar Grove—an array of 25 “solar trees” that converts a 186-vehicle parking lot into a 235-kW solar electric generating system.

Based on test conditions and adjusted for inverter efficiency estimated at 94%, the 235 kW system is capable of generating 421,000 kilowatt hours per year.

The system’s 25 solar trees form a carport in a Kyocera employee parking lot, utilizing a total of 1,400 Kyocera KC-187G solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and 200 custom-manufactured, light-filtering PV modules.

The project is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission’s “Self Generation Incentive Program,” which will cover approximately 36% of the system’s purchase and installation costs; as well as federal and state tax credits, and a five-year accelerated depreciation schedule.

The standard Kyocera solar modules used in the Solar Grove are covered by a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, and Kyocera anticipates that the Solar Grove will pay for itself within 12 years.

Adding vehicle-charging stanchions to such a design to support plug-in hybrids as well as full EVs seems a small additional step.

Kyocera SCV

Although Kyocera Solar’s focus is more on the stationary (grid-tie systems, building-integrated photovoltaics) and the remote industrial, the Kyocera has a long-standing effort in electric vehicles as well.

In addition to its “Son of Sun” PV racer, the company developed (10 years ago) a prototype city EV: the Solar Car Vehicle (SCV).



Bring this on! This is the kind of project the feds should be heavily invested in; at the Governator is.


its about time. Where is the east coast? especially Florida needs to step up.


Imagine these at all the commuter train parking lots!

The latest speaker at Fermilab's Colloquia mentioned & showed a photo of a parking lot in Sacramento that had PVs like this. Is Kyocera's lot in Sacramento?
Check out the streaming video of The Sustainable Hydrogen Economy, John Turner NREL,


No, the Grove is in San Diego. :-)


Just hope its hurricane proof we get those every once in awhile and nothin says wow like a 10 ton chunk of high tech power generation landing on your roof.


Short of saving on a few thousand feet of cabling, what is the thrill of putting solar cells over the parking lot instead of on the roof of the adjacent building and running a few plug-ins to the spots requiring them?

I mean, sure it looks cool... but I'd much rather see them pave the lot with grass-paver material.


Well it also keeps the cars cooler and lets people get to them without getting rained on as much... plus it was prolly alot cheaper there.

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