KYOCERA Solar Modules to Power 443 Residential PV Systems in Bolivia

09/14/04

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Sept.14, 2004) – Kyocera announced today that ENERSOL S.A., an authorized Kyocera Solar dealer in Bolivia, is installing 443 residential PV systems in the Santa Cruz towns of El Torno and Porongo through a collaborative effort led by the Bolivian Vice Ministry of Electricity and Alternative Energy, working with the United Nations Development Program (UDNP).

Each system includes one Kyocera 50-watt PV module and batteries to store solar electricity for night-time use. The systems provide homes with enough power to operate a small radio, television, and basic lighting – replacing the kerosene lamps, candles, and disposable dry-cell batteries that are commonly used for such applications in rural areas. According to a 2001 census report, 4,551 homes in these two towns lack access to the electric grid; when completed later this month, the 443 PV installations will provide basic electricity for approximately 10% of the towns’ populations.

Enersol President Eduardo Lozada stated, "While I am not too keen on subsidized projects, this one was worthwhile because it provides clean electricity to a good number of people who could not have afforded the solar electric systems on their own. We were fortunate to have Kyocera's support, as always.”

The project, which is to be completed this month, was funded in part by the United Nations Development Program; EMPRENDER, a private lending agency; FONDSIF, a Bolivian government agency; and private homeowners. 

Kyocera Solar, Inc. ( http://www.kyocerasolar.com ) is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. 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 (NYSE: KYO).

Enersol S.A. is a leading installer of solar energy systems in Bolivia with more than 20,000 PV systems installed since 1986. The company has partnered with Triodos Renewable Energy for Development, a division of Triodos Bank of Holland. Enersol works with both privately and publicly funded projects throughout Bolivia. More information on Enersol can be found online at http://www.enersol-sa.com.