KYOCERA and VGI Energy Bring Solar Power to Affordable Multi-Family Housing in Chicago

  KYOCERA and VGI Energy Bring Solar Power to Affordable Multi-Family Housing
  in Chicago

    Energy Efficiency and Solar Solutions Reduce Costs for Urban Residents

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- March 12, 2013

Kyocera Solar Inc. announced today that it is supplying Kyocera solar modules
and MyGen™ Pro installation systems to VGI Energy for affordable, multi-family
housing units in urban Chicago. VGI’s retrofitted buildings throughout Chicago
have been outfitted with 20kW rooftop solar arrays, providing electricity from
the clean, renewable energy of the sun and contributing to VGI’s goal of
achieving zero-net-energy-capable buildings.

Since 2010, VGI has installed Kyocera solar modules on six Chicago buildings
ranging in size from 18 to 70 units, providing more than 600 people with the
opportunity to use renewable energy in their daily lives.

“Our housing developments aim to enhance the quality of life for each resident
with programs that integrate independent lifestyles with a sense of community;
utilizing solar energy to reduce the environmental footprint is a key
component,” said Van Vincent, CEO, VGI Energy. “Our partnership with Kyocera
plays a very strategic role in our commitment to bringing solar power to an
underserved sector of the population: residents of low-income, urban areas.”

Kyocera’s MyGen™ Pro system includes Kyocera’s solar modules, Enphase and SMA
inverters, mounting systems, monitoring packages and all hardware and
components necessary to install a state-of-the-art solar electric system on
nearly any building. The system can be sized to meet a wide range of power
requirements for residential or light commercial buildings.

“Kyocera’s MyGen Pro offering is ideal for this application because it gives
VGI choice and flexibility when incorporating proven, reliable solar energy
into virtually any housing structure while saving crucial time,” said Steve
Hill, president, Kyocera Solar Inc. “Kyocera has been at the forefront of the
solar energy industry for almost 40 years, which gives us unrivaled metrics
and expertise in ensuring our systems are highly effective and that these
affordable, multi-family buildings will continue producing clean, renewable
energy for decades to come.”

VGI’s vision is to transform and preserve the current state of affordable
multi-family housing in the City of Chicago — breathing new life into
buildings with a sharp eye toward sustainability by installing LED lighting,
energy-efficient windows, ENERGY STAR^® appliances and water-efficient
plumbing fixtures.

“In addition to Kyocera’s industry experience, high-quality solar modules and
proven reliability, Kyocera’s philosophy of doing what’s right for people is
aligned with VGI’s commitment to doing what we can to help humanity,” stated
Faustina Roman-del Rio, VGI’s vice president of sustainability. “Our company
philosophies are a good fit with each other.”

As a member of Kyocera’s new Diamond Partner Program for solar PV installers,
VGI receives first access to the Company’s latest products and technology
innovations, best price guarantees, special sales, discounted training
programs, online tools for lead-generation and enhanced technical support.

“Kyocera Solar is honored to contribute to VGI’s goals of providing solar
energy to this important market segment,” stated Hill. “Bringing solar
technology to low-income families is in line with Kyocera’s commitment to
global environmental preservation.”


Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar
photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 37-year history of innovation in
solar technology, the company is recognized as an industry pioneer ― and is in
a unique position to integrate decades of experience into its 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
since 1975. The company has set repeated world records in multicrystal 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) (, 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
ceramics. 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.

About VLV Development and VGI Energy

Based in Chicago, VLV Development was created to awaken emerging domestic
markets to sustainability by driving groundbreaking results in energy
efficiency with courage, leadership and vision. VGI Energy, a VLV Development
company, is committed to providing near-zero energy, multi-family housing by
incorporating energy efficient solutions, solar energy and green build
development. VGI has developed a blueprint for what is possible when
reinvigorating urban areas in a sustainable manner, and plans to expand its
efforts to drive groundbreaking results in emerging urban markets.
Transformation Housing, LLC (TH) is the sustainable property management
division of VLV Development. Dedicated to green building development, TH
provides sustainable property management to maximize cost savings, reduce
energy consumption and improve the environmental sustainability of property
portfolios with a holistic approach.


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