KYOCERA Solar to Showcase New Products and Milestone Achievements at Solar Power International October 12-14

KYOCERA to highlight commitment to environmental preservation

10/11/10

Scottsdale, Ariz. — October 11, 2010 — Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today that the company will participate in Solar Power International on October 12-14, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. With more than 24,000 expected guests, the global conference provides an opportunity to highlight Kyocera’s 35-year history in the solar industry and its commitment to quality and innovation in the marketplace.

Founded on the core principles of environmental preservation, value and continuous improvement, Kyocera has been a pioneering force in advancing the field of solar energy since 1975 as one of the world’s first companies to manufacture solar electric generating systems. Today, Kyocera is widely acknowledged as a consistent innovator and global leader in the market.  The following are some of the products and milestone achievements that will be highlighted at next week’s conference:

      Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre (DKA)*: Independent tests, conducted at the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre in Alice Springs, have recorded that Kyocera solar modules provide the highest average output of any crystalline module. These tests, based on 24 months of verified data, put various systems on an even playing field, enabling accurate and unbiased comparisons of technology performance.

      SakuraSolar Energy Center: To achieve Kyocera’s goal, “to bring the power of the sun to the world,” the company established the Sakura Solar Energy Center in 1984 to conduct research into solar power products and to facilitate understanding of the benefits of solar energy by introducing it to the world. The Sakura Centre was the first grid connect test site in Japan. Using real-life examples of conditions in developing countries to conduct research and development, Kyocera is carrying out its mission of “delivering light to areas with no electricity.”  More than 50,000 visitors to the center, located just outside of Tokyo, have learned about solar energy technology since its opening. Kyocera’s 26-year-old modules continue to set records and exceed expectations for output and longevity – a module from the Sakura Solar Energy Center will be on display during the conference. 

      KD235: To serve the U.S. market’s growing demand for clean, sustainable solar electric generating systems, Kyocera began manufacturing its most powerful and efficient solar panels at its production facility in San Diego, Calif. in June 2010 -- including the company’s pioneering 60-cell 235-watt, multicrystal photovoltaic modules KD235. This high-efficiency module meets the criteria for ‘Buy American’ provisions to qualify for certain government subsidies, making it an attractive choice for commercial or residential consumers.   

      KD315 80-cell module: Kyocera will unveil its 80-cell module prototype, KD315, at the conference. The 80-cell module is the most recent example of Kyocera’s advanced technology and leadership in the industry. KD315, expected to be used in large-scale commercial installations, will be Kyocera’s highest output module.

“Solar Power International provides an excellent platform to share Kyocera’s inventive products and technologies,” said Tom Dyer, senior vice president of government affairs at Kyocera Solar, Inc.  “Kyocera has earned its place as a global leader in solar technology by repeatedly achieving world record cell efficiencies, offering innovative, high-quality products to consumers, and maintaining a corporate culture of environmental preservation.”

Tom Dyer will speak at the conference on October 13 at 4:00 p.m. in room 502B on “Buy American and Other Domestic Sourcing Requirements.” 

Kyocera invites participants to view modules and meet representatives at its booth, #3001. 

 

About KYOCERA

Kyocera Solar, Inc. (http://www.kyocerasolar.com) is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and regional sales centers in the U.S., 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.

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 Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar electric generating systems, telecommunications equipment, copiers, printers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the company’s net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately USD11.5 billion). Kyocera marked its 50th anniversary in 2009, and the 40th anniversary of its U.S. operations. It is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

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*Desert Knowledge Australia, the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the project managers, CAT Projects, do not endorse, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the outcomes and conclusions associated with the use of data from the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre.