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H-D Dealer Goes Solar

August 19, 2004
Filed under Features

Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson recently had a 36kW solar electric system installed on its roof, a product that is expected to generate approximately 80% of the dealership’s total electrical load, with potential for future expansion.
This photovoltaic (PV) installation, manufactured by Kyocera Solar, Inc. and installed by Solar Electrical Systems, is the first on any Harley-Davidson dealership in North America. The installation includes 300 KC 125-watt PV modules in a single array at a five degree angle.
After California state rebates and tax incentives, which pay more than 80% of the total system cost, the net expense to Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson will total $50,000. Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson owner Martie Cherrie took advantage of the City of Santa Barbara’s fast-track permit program for solar PV systems, which resulted in the approval of this installation plan and the issuance of a permit in only one week. The system was up and running three weeks later.
With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.
Solar Electrical Systems has designed and installed solar electrical systems in Southern California since 1978. Visit www.solarelectricalsystems.com for more information.

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