New 187-Watt "d.Blue" is KYOCERA's Most Powerful PV Module to Date

09/13/04

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (September 13, 2004) – Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the introduction of a new photovoltaic (PV) module featuring a breakthrough in energy conversion efficiency using d.Blue technology, a new Kyocera-developed cell-processing method. Named in reference to its 187-watt maximum power output, the new KC187G is the largest, most efficient photovoltaic module Kyocera has marketed to date.

“Kyocera’s new KC187G is the new flagship of the KC module line,” said Mark Voitek, Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s General Manager of Sales. “Constant product improvement has always been a part of Kyocera’s business philosophy. The KC187G raises the performance bar of our solar energy products, while reducing total installed system costs.”  d.Blue PV Module

The newly developed d.Blue manufacturing process incorporated in the KC187G creates a microscopic texture on the cell’s multi-crystalline silicon surface, reducing reflectance and maximizing the amount of sunlight the cell can absorb. The change is evident in the module’s increased power output and “deep blue” color, which inspired the d.Blue name.

Kyocera’s KC187G d.Blue module produces 187 watts of maximum power (7.17 Amps and 26.1 volts under Standard Test Conditions) in a form factor measuring 56.2” x 39” x 1.4,” featuring “quick-connect” output cables, a heavy-duty box-style anodized aluminum frame and a 25-year power output warranty.

Sold exclusively through a network of Kyocera-authorized dealers and contractors, the new KC187G modules are ideal for all types of residential and commercial buildings. The dark blue cells and black module frames allow a d.Blue system to blend visually with a building’s architecture while producing energy at increased efficiencies.  For more information, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466, or visit the company’s web site at www.kyocerasolar.com.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.  The company 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.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics.