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    Friday, June 15, 2012

    SOLAR IN THE MALDIVES

    Kyocera Solar Power Generating Systems Help the Maldive Islands Meet Renewable Energy Goals; 675kW at 10 public facilities will be largest PV project in the country

    June 13, 2012 (Kyocera)

    “…Kyocera Corporation…Toyota Tsusho Corporation…and Wakachiku Construction Co., Ltd… are working to install 675kW of Kyocera’s solar power generating systems at schools and other public facilities in the island nation of the Republic of Maldives (also known as the Maldive Islands) located in the Indian Ocean…

    “With an average ground level of just roughly 1.5 meters (approx. 5ft) above sea level and the highest natural point of 2.4 meters (approx. 8ft), the archipelago nation is one of the most vulnerable countries on the planet to the impact of rising sea levels caused by climate change, and thus has been at the forefront of advocacy for reducing global emissions of CO2. With the installation of the solar power generating systems, the Maldives is able to take concrete action to reduce its own carbon emissions…"

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    “[The Project for Clean Energy Promotion in Malé is being funded by the Japanese government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program.] The first phase of the project has been completed, with a total of 395kW of solar power having been installed at five locations…A second phase…will see another 280kW installed at five more locations…

    …The project is using Kyocera’s 210-watt module, with 1,896 installed in the first phase and another 1,344 planned for the second phase. Due to the high occurrence of typhoons on the island, the backsides of the modules have been reinforced with extra support bars for enhanced wind-pressure resistance…”

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