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Kyocera Installs Sustainable Power System at Hospital in the Marshall Islands
Kyocera Corporation, a supplier of solar power generating systems, has donated a solar power system to the Majuro Hospital in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. The 208.98kW solar installation will generate approximately 257MWh of annual electricity, which will help to offset roughly 81 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The system is comprised of 972 Kyocera 215-watt solar modules. Because of the windy weather on the island, the modules come with enhanced support bars to strengthen wind pressure resistance.
This project is funded by the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support the reduction of carbon emissions by employing renewable energy resources as an alternative to diesel electric power generation.
Kyocera began supplying solar modules to developing countries in 1984 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 3 megawatts of solar power generating systems to countries in Asia and Africa.
This is not the first time Kyocera has been involved in a socially responsible initiative about sustainable energy in the Marshall Islands. In 1992 and 1996, ice machines that make use of Kyocera's solar power generations were installed in the islands to help the fishing industry preserve its catches.
Image credit: Kyocera