U.S. Representative J.D. Hayworth and Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Al Frink Tour Kyocera Solar, Inc. Headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz.


J.D Hayworth

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - August 29, 2006 – Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) and Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Al Frink toured Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s headquarters and integration facility in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday, meeting with the Kyocera team to learn about its manufacturing, integration and integrated solar energy applications development.  After touring Kyocera’s 52,000 square-foot facility, they joined industry participants, customers and Kyocera executives for a roundtable discussion on the emerging solar industry.

Congressman Hayworth has a strong record in support of renewable energy, and has cosponsored the Fuel Choices for American Security Act (H.R. 4409), which implements an aggressive and comprehensive energy plan to reduce America's oil consumption by 20% over the next 20 years. Hayworth also supported the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (H.R. 6), signed into law by President Bush.   H.R. 6 provides specific incentives for energy conservation and development of alternative energy resources, including a $2,000 solar tax credit.   The Energy Policy Act of 2005 credit is scheduled to expire in two years; however, Hayworth has already introduced legislation, H.R. 5206, to extend the Hayworth Solar Power Tax Credit to the year 2015.

“We are honored that Congressman Hayworth and Assistant Secretary Frink visited our facility and had an opportunity to see firsthand how the solar energy industry is developing here in Arizona,” said Steve Hill, President of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “In light of the solar programs being developed in California, Arizona, New Jersey and elsewhere, it is encouraging to see leadership at the federal level on the important issues of energy independence and national security.”

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 ended March 31, 2006, the company’s net sales totaled 1.18 trillion yen (approximately US$10 billion).

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