Kyocera Solar Panels Used in Qualcomm's LEED Gold Certified Campus

01/18/08

Qualcomm LEED Gold Certified Campus

San Diego, CA - January 18, 2008 - Kyocera Solar, Inc., a world-leading supplier of environmentally friendly photovoltaic (PV) systems, today announced that Qualcomm Incorporated has installed 417 kilowatts of solar energy that will provide power for one of its campuses in San Diego. The PV systems, composed entirely of Kyocera high-quality, high-efficiency photovoltaic modules, are projected to have a combined monthly output of 42,745 kilowatt hours.

The PV installation, which will be featured at Qualcomm’s “Our World, Our Future” event today, is part of Qualcomm’s initiative to address global warming and protect the environment, and contributed to Qualcomm’s Gold LEED-certified campus, one of the largest in the United States.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is provided by the U.S. Green Building Council to “promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work,” acknowledging performance in five key areas: “sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality” (USGBC website, www.usgbc.org).

Qualcomm is one of a small sampling of high tech companies that have made an investment in solar energy because it is not only cost effective but also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Sixty percent of the campus’s lighting requirements will be powered from the PV arrays which consist of 1,440 Kyocera 200 watt modules and 678 Kyocera 190 watt modules encompassing both rooftop and ‘solar carport’ parking structure installations.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. was one of the first to introduce the idea of a ‘solar carport’ after gaining recognition in 2005 for installing the Solar Grove™, a carport shading structure comprised of 25 “solar trees” that converts a 186-vehicle parking lot into a 235-kilowatt solar electric generating system. The Solar Grove is located at Kyocera’s North American headquarters in San Diego.

About Kyocera Solar: Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. 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. For more information on Kyocera Solar Energy Systems, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466 or visit http://www.kyocerasolar.com.

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.