Solar Grove™ San Diego, California - Case Study


Courtesy of Kyocera Solar, Inc.

“The economic viability of PV systems and their positive impact on our environment represent a significant opportunity for businesses throughout California. By installing this very attractive system on a Kyocera facility, we are setting a new benchmark for commercial PV installations, and leading San Diego into the solar age.” Steve Hill, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc.

Unique Feature: Designed as a unique parking lot amenity, the Solar Grove™ fuses function, aesthetics, and sustainability. 25 Solar Trees™ featuring the first use of Kyocera Solar’s new translucent KC88CGS modules provide shade for 186 cars.
Financial Incentive: The economic viability of this project is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission’s “Self Generation Incentive Program,' as well as federal and state tax credits, and a five-year accelerated depreciation schedule.

Date Completed: June 2005
Design and Construction Team: Kyocera Solar, Inc. - Design Build General Contractor Tucker Sadler - Architect Midwest General, Inc. - Construction Management

System Specifications
  • System Size: 235 kW AC
  • Estimated Yearly Power Production: 421,000 kWh
  • System Configuration
    • Utility Interaction: Grid Connected
    • Solar Modules - 1400 KC187GS, 200 KC88CGS (translucent modules)
    • Inverters: 2 SMA America Sunny Central SC125U
    • Batteries: None
    • Charge Controllers: None
  • Mount Structure: Unirac Sun Frame mounted on custom painted galvanized steel structure with poured concrete bases.

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