Kyocera Supplies MyGen Meridian™ Solar Electric Systems for Sunset Magazine's 2005 Green-Built Idea House


SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (November 4, 2005) – Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced its sponsorship of Sunset Magazine’s 2005 Green-Built Idea House located at 551 Hamilton Avenue in Menlo Park, California. The Idea House is designed to demonstrate the latest advances in green building technology.

The Idea House is actually two houses built side by side. One will be a “cutaway” design with Plexiglas view-ports to expose walls, floors, and ceilings that incorporate eco-friendly features and materials. Each home is designed to be efficient enough to send excess solar energy back to the power utility.

Both houses, built by Clarum Homes, will feature three-kilowatt MyGen Meridian™ building integrated solar electric systems. Kyocera’s MyGen Meridian solar systems are integrated with Eagle flat concrete roof tiles to provide both shelter and an almost invisible, pollution-free, electrical generator.

The solar arrays feature a unique free-airflow framing system for increased thermal efficiency and a “cassette” type module installation. The “cassette” design, unlike other systems, allows for ease of installation, and individual module access for serviceability without disturbing the roofing material.

Kyocera’s newly developed d.Blue manufacturing process is incorporated in MyGen Meridian.  This process yields increased power output, and an attractive “deep blue” color by reducing reflectance and maximizing the amount of sunlight the solar module absorbs.

The Sunset Magazine Idea House will be opened for public tours starting October 7th through January 22nd, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are available at the house on the day of the tour. For tour information, please call (800) 786-7375.

For more information on the MyGen Meridian systems, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466, or visit the company’s web site at

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ 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, cameras, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics.