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Another step forward for San Diego's cleantech industry

Kyocera chooses San Diego for first solar manufacturing plant. Today I was joined executives from Kyocera for an announcement of a major investment into San Diego and our growing cleantech industry.

Kyocera has chosen San Diego as the site for its first U.S. solar panel manufacturing operation. By this summer, they will be producing solar panels at their facility in Kearny Mesa. Each year, this facility will manufacture enough solar panels to power about 10,000 homes.

Our city, our county and our state actively pursued this opportunity to host the U.S. manufacturing operations for Kyocera. I have to hand it to the city's Economic Growth Services team, which helped convince the company that San Diego was the right place for this facility.

A lot of cities wanted to be making the announcement we made today, but ultimately, Kyocera chose San Diego because of our green credentials and our leadership on renewable energy.

California is America's largest market for solar panels, and San Diego is the solar leader among California cities. San Diego has by far more rooftop solar installations and more power produced by solar than any other city in the state. San Diego's Clean Generation solar-financing program, which launches this summer, will further solidify this leadership.

It speaks highly of Kyocera's corporate citizenship that they've chosen to invest in the region that is the top supporter of their business. Kyocera panels can be found at homes and institutions all over our city, including at the city's Alvarado Water Treatment plant; at Qualcomm's corporate offices; at the Reuben H. Fleet science center and the New Children's Museum downtown; at Point Loma Nazarene University and UCSD; and of course, at Kyocera's North American headquarters.

We're looking forward to seeing many more of their panels, produced right here in San Diego by San Diego green-collar workers.