Kyocera Solar: proven high quality "Made in Europe"
New certification and warranty extension for solar modules
17 October 2011
Kyoto / Neuss − Quality assurance and transparency is of great importance to the Japanese technology company Kyocera. Recently, the European factory of the world-renowned major corporation for photovoltaic systems in the Czech Republic has been certified by TÜV Rheinland with the certificate of origin "Made in Europe". Also new: since the beginning of October, the product warranty is now valid for 10 years, which is twice as long as before. Furthermore, Kyocera’s solar modules have been certified by the Japanese JET Institute according to Standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
TÜV Rheinland certifies that all photovoltaic modules manufactured at Kyocera's European factory in Kandan in the Czech Republic can bear the certificate of origin "Made in Europe". This factory certification is particularly relevant for investors from Italy: Special solar energy regulations, resulting from the new Italian Solar Law "Conto Energia IV" of June this year, provide additional incentives for plant operators to use solar energy systems manufactured in Europe. The use of modules with a certificate of origin "Made in Europe" is rewarded with a 10% increase in remuneration. Kyocera photovoltaic modules demonstrably comply with the binding guidelines for retracing and factory identification, which are the basis for the bonus.
New: 10 year product warranty for Kyocera modules
Kyocera carries out all production steps at its own factories. This vertical integration ensures a particularly high standard of quality. By extending the warranty period, Kyocera now gives the conviction of its own product quality a particular expression. As of 01 October 2011, the warranty period of Kyocera modules sold in Europe for grid-connected applications, has been doubled from 5 to 10 years. Furthermore, Kyocera provides a 20-year warranty for the power output of the modules.
Salt mist corrosion test successfully passed
In view of the worldwide continuous expansion and technological development of photovoltaic systems, reliable and verifiable international standards for manufacturers are gaining in importance for buyers and investors. Currently, Kyocera solar modules were successfully tested by the Japanese Electrical Safety & Environment Technology Laboratories, short JET. The JET certification - the Japanese equivalent of the German TÜV - confirms that the salt mist corrosion testing of photovoltaic modules is in accordance with the standard IEC 61701. The solar modules from Kyocera have passed the test flawlessly.
Through continuous improvement and quality control of their own solar modules, Kyocera wants to promote the further expansion and use of solar energy worldwide, thereby helping to counter the global energy and environmental problems.
For more information on Kyocera Solar Energy, visit www.kyocera.co.uk
- Press Release (pdf) (135.73 KB)