Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Kyocera Solar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., has formed an alliance with Envision Solar LLC, a San Diego-based new business venture formed to develop and commercialize carport structures with integrated photovoltaic arrays.
Envision was formed by principals from Tucker Sadler Architects and the contracting firm Midwest General Inc., following their collaboration with Kyocera on the Solar Grove – a 235 kW solar carport. The Solar Grove concept transforms a parking lot into a clean electrical generator that eases strain on the utility grid while keeping vehicles cool and shaded. Its design accommodates sites of any size or shape, giving virtually any parking lot owner the option to promote energy independence while preserving the environment.
According to the companies, Kyocera will be Envision's exclusive supplier of photovoltaic products for use in solar carport projects. Envision will, in turn, provide a single point of contract that includes feasibility studies, design and engineering, contract management, entitlement/permit process guidance, construction, installation, financing options, system monitoring and site maintenance for the projects.