KYOCERA, Solar Power Partners, and APS Energy Services Provide 749kW of Solar Electricity to Nation's Leading Solar Campus, Arizona State University at Tempe

05/24/11

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — May 24, 2011 — Kyocera Solar, Inc., APS Energy Services (APSES) and Solar Power Partners (SPP) today announced the completion of four solar energy systems at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe campus. Collectively, the systems incorporate 3,572 Kyocera KD-210 solar modules. With combined peak generating capacity of 750 kilowatts (kW), the systems will generate more than 1.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) each year — enough to power 70 typical homes.

System owner and operator SPP worked with the university and APSES, who designed and installed the rooftop systems mounted on Carson Student Athletic Center (71kW), Weatherup Center (141kW), Hayden Library (249kW) and Packard Drive South Parking Structure (290kW). They contribute to the second phase of a campus-wide solarization project that will help ASU attain 10 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity in 2011. 

“To demonstrate a commitment to renewable energy and sustainability we needed to work with experienced integrators and invest in solar products renowned for their quality, efficiency and high output,” stated Bonny Bentzin, director, campus sustainability practices with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.  “For this reason we have aligned with SPP and APSES, leaders in clean energy services, and with Kyocera for the outstanding performance reputation of its solar modules.” 

According to Princeton Review’s 2011 Green College Honor Roll, ASU’s Tempe campus has the most solar energy panels of any single U.S. university campus.  Further demonstrating its leadership in clean energy, ASU introduced the first master’s degree program in solar energy this semester.  ASU’s long-term goal — to reach 20MW of solar generating capacity by 2020, is progressing through strategic partnerships with solar investors, integrators and manufacturers like SPP, APSES and Kyocera.  “ASU has made significant advancements toward reaching its sustainability goals, and SPP is honored to play such a key role in this long-term endeavor by providing high-quality solar energy systems,” said Hugh Kuhn, senior vice president and COO of SPP.

This partnership was initiated during the first phase of the solarization project, when APSES designed and installed a solar energy system on the LEED-certified Biodesign Institute using Kyocera’s high-efficiency modules.  “APSES is proud to be a partner in multiple phases of ASU’s clean energy efforts,” stated Jason Scott of APSES.  “As a company, our objective is to provide high-quality solar electric generating systems to our clients. To this end, APSES chose Kyocera’s solar modules for their industry-leading track record for reliability and output.”

“ASU’s vision and execution of its sustainable energy plan sets a high standard for other academic institutions,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc.  “That, combined with APSES’ and SPP’s expertise in developing solar energy systems, made this an exciting collaboration. We are honored to work with these extraordinary organizations that share Kyocera’s commitment to clean, renewable energy solutions.”

About KYOCERA

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2011, the company’s net sales totaled 1.27 trillion yen (approx. USD15.3 billion). The company is ranked #604 on Forbes magazine’s 2011 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

APS Energy Services

Headquartered in Tempe, AZ, APS Energy Services is the full-services energy services subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation (NYSE:PNW) and has completed energy efficiency and renewable projects throughout the Southwest. For more information about APS Energy Services, please visit their webpage at www.apses.com.

About ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability

The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs to create practical solutions for environmental, economic, and social challenges. For more information visit the Global Institute of Sustainability at http://sustainability.asu.edu.

About Solar Power Partners (SPP)

One of America’s premier independent solar power producers, Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP) develops, owns, and operates distributed solar energy facilities (SEFs) and sells solar-generated electricity through solar Power Purchase Agreements. Visit www.solarpowerpartners.com/ontariofund for more information.