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KYOCERA Surpasses 2 Million Solar Modules Produced in North America

  KYOCERA Surpasses 2 Million Solar Modules Produced in North America

  Production capacity in San Diego and Tijuana manufacturing facilities has
                        doubled in the last two years

Business Wire

SAN DIEGO -- December 13, 2012

Kyocera Solar Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable
energy solutions, today announced that Kyocera's North American manufacturing
facilities have surpassed production of two million photovoltaic (PV) solar
modules. Kyocera has been producing modules in North America since 2004 and
its solar solutions are used in a variety of applications including
residential, commercial, and utility-scale projects across the Americas,
Australia and select regions worldwide.

Kyocera has been a leading developer of innovative power solutions for more
than 37 years, setting repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell
efficiency and most recently producing cells with the highest conversion
efficiency level in the world at 17.8 percent^1. Manufacturing facilities in
San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico produce PV solutions for rural and
urban areas, harvesting the sun’s energy to help power everything from remote
villages solely reliant on solar power to large sports arenas and
utility-scale solar farms.

“This milestone demonstrates Kyocera’s ongoing leadership in growing the solar
industry worldwide,” said Steve Hill, president, Kyocera Solar Inc. “It took
more than five years for Kyocera to reach the one million module mark at our
North American operations and only two years to double it. We’re seeing many
regions increasingly embrace high-quality solar energy solutions, and ongoing
innovations from Kyocera will continue to improve efficiencies.”

Kyocera produced its first PV modules more than 30 years ago in Japan and
expanded its production to Tijuana, Mexico in 2004. The Company increased its
production again with its first U.S. production of solar modules in San Diego
in 2010. In addition to the operations in San Diego and Tijuana, Kyocera
currently has solar module manufacturing facilities in Japan, China and the
Czech Republic.

Twenty-five Kyocera facilities worldwide feature their own on-site solar
electric systems, with total generating capacity of 2.7 megawatts — including
a 214-kilowatt Solar Grove parking lot in San Diego and a 100-kilowatt rooftop
system in Tijuana. The Company’s solar solutions are powering installations at
notable locations in the San Diego/Tijuana region, including the San Diego
Zoo; the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center; San Diego State University;
University of California, San Diego; University of San Diego; Point Loma
Nazarene University; San Diego Children’s Museum; and the Gloria E. McClellan
Senior Center in Vista.

Kyocera established U.S. operations in 1969 and was the first Japan-based
corporation to commence manufacturing operations in the State of California,
in 1971.

^1 Highest conversion efficiency of any multicrystalline silicon photovoltaic
cell in mass production. Based on research by Kyocera; as of October 2012.

About KYOCERA

Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically integrated producers and
suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems, with a history of
innovation in solar technology since 1975. Recognized as a global leader and
industry pioneer in solar power solutions, Kyocera is in a unique position to
integrate its decades of experience into product development and support for
both residential and industrial clients across the globe. Kyocera serves
thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions, with more
than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed worldwide. The
company has set repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell
efficiency and most recently gained the distinction of producing the world’s
first modules to pass the Long-Term Sequential Test for reliability performed
by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.

Kyocera Solar Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with regional sales
affiliates in the Americas and Australia.

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 has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, printers, copiers, telecommunications equipment,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial
components. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales
totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked
#426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000” listing of the world's largest
publicly traded companies.

Contact:

LPI Communications, for Kyocera
Leasa Ireland or Brad Shewmake
310.750.7082 or 858.735.8748
leasa@lpicommunications.com or
brad@lpicommunications.com
 
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