Pacific Islands Solar believes that there is a correct way to solve your energy needs and it starts with keeping you, the consumer, first in the process. The company only uses the best components, starting first with the best made solar module in the industry, Kyocera. Kyocera is a Japanese company that in 1975 established Japan Solar Energy Corp., a joint venture with Matsushita Electric Industries, Sharp, Mobil Oil and Tyco Lab. It has been the leader in the industry for many years and has had installations in Hawaii for more than 10 years. The following information explains why Kyocera Modules are the best choice for solar in Hawaii:

• There has never been a Kyocera solar module returned for failure in more than ten years of use in Hawaii. No other manufacturer can make that claim.


• In 1982, Kyocera created the first mass-produced multicrystalline silicone solar cells using a casting method, which is still the main method used today to create solar cells. The method significantly lowered cost, providing the first commercial use of solar in the world.

• In 2011, Kyocera was the only module to pass a series of rigorous tests conducted by TUV Rheinland on many solar modules to determine how durable solar modules really were. What sets Kyocera apart from others is how well its modules are made and how little their energy production decreases over time. The Fraunhofer Institute recently completed testing on Kyocera modules and after 10 years, the modules had only decreased 5 percent in their energy production. Some solar modules are warranted to depreciate up to 3 percent in just the first year (to put it in perspective).


• Kyocera follows the Kaizen philosophy of continual improvement. Most companies try to make their products more profitable and look at the bottom line as the key to their success. Kyocera feels that making a cheaper product is not the most important measure to achieve, but rather making a commitment to continual improvements for a higher quality product will provide the best value in the end to the consumer. As the company says, others will make cheaper products, but no one will make a better product than Kyocera.


• The largest solar installation in Japan is the Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega solar power plant. It is an offshore 70 megawatts installation consisting of 290,000 Kyocera modules. Due to the offshore nature of the project, salt resistance is a must. Kyocera modules have passed level six salt mist testing (only five modules have done so).

• Kyocera has been in the solar industry for more than 37 years. Most companies have been in solar for less than 10 years and are offering product warranties for 25 years. Kyocera is one of the only companies that have modules in place for more than 25 years, and these modules are producing more than 90 percent of their original output — meaning they have experienced very little degradation. How can companies with such short track records be believed when they make claims about the long-term reliability of their product without reasonable proof of performance?

• Kyocera incorporates many features into its construction that others do not, and this is part of the quality difference. The construction features include thicker, higher quality glass, frames made of thicker metal, reinforced supports on back of modules to provide rigidity, and potted junction boxes to keep moisture from entering the module.


Pacific Islands Solar believes Kyocera quality is in the customers’ best interests, and along with its quality installation, the company provides the best value. Pacific Islands Solar is more than just a solar contractor — it is a roofing contractor and also a general contractor, so the company knows how to properly seal your roof. Pacific Islands Solar offers a free five year cleaning and maintenance program, along with a 10-year system installation warranty. Call today to learn more.

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