Kyocera Solar Electric Systems Benefit Families of Subsidized Housing Development in Mexico

Mexico's President Vicente Fox at the Valle Las Misiones dedication ceremony, Kyocera's solar home project in Baja California, Mexico.


Mexico's President Vicente Fox at the dedication of Valle Las Misiones, Kyocera's solar home project

MEXICALI, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO, November 27, 2006 – Kyocera Solar, Inc. is proud to announce the inauguration of a 220 home housing development located in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.  The Valle Las Misiones low income housing development, funded by Mexican State and Federal Governments, features Kyocera solar electric systems on each of the 220 homes within the development.  Each homes photovoltaic (PV) array consists of 12 Kyocera KC85T solar electric modules, for a total of 320 kilowatts project wide.

Located on the rooftop of every home in Valle Las Misiones, each one kilowatt Kyocera solar system connects to the utility grid, providing electricity to the grid in off peak hours and reducing power taken from the grid during peak hours.   High temperatures in the area contribute to a high demand of electricity for the homes.  The Mexican government subsidized the solar electric systems for the 220 home development, turning to solar energy for a more efficient and sustainable way to power each home.

Valle Las Misiones was inaugurated by Eugenio Elorduy, State Governor of Baja California, and Mexico’s President Vicente Fox on October 12.  Fox was on hand to show his support and distribute keys to the first five homeowners for their new solar powered residences.  Along with Fox and Elorduy, representatives from Kyocera and Energias Alternas were also present at the inauguration.  Energias Alternas SA de CV located in Mexicali, Baja California, is the Kyocera dealer and installer for the project.

“We are pleased that the Baja California government with the support of Mexico’s President Fox, has encouraged the use of solar systems for this community which lowers their electricity cost and at the same time contributes to environmental protection,” stated Rob Muhn, Stand Alone Sales Manager for Kyocera Solar, Inc.  “Kyocera looks forward to maintaining our commitment to the environment with future projects such as this and growing strategically in the Mexican grid-tie market.”  The Valle Las Misiones housing development is the first large-scale grid-tie project in Mexico for Kyocera Solar, Inc.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. 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.

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, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics. During the year ending March 31, 2006, the company’s net sales totaled 1.18 trillion yen (approximately US$10 billion).

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