Toyota Installs KYOCERA-Powered Solar Carport at Tijuana Manufacturing Plant

  Toyota Installs KYOCERA-Powered Solar Carport at Tijuana Manufacturing Plant

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TIJUANA, Mexico -- June 21, 2013

Kyocera Solar Inc. today announced that its solar modules have been installed
on a new photovoltaic (PV) carport at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja
California (TMMBC). The system was inaugurated today with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony attended by Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante; Federico Serrano
Bañuelos, president of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana (AIM);
Joe Da Rosa, president of TMMBC; and David Hester, president of Kyocera
Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.

The new carport canopy, which covers a portion of the TMMBC facility’s parking
area, will harness the sun’s energy to further enhance Toyota’s environmental
friendliness and reduce carbon emissions by more than 28 tons each year.
Designed and installed by Todo Solar MX, the system features 24 kilowatts (kW)
of Kyocera solar modules and an SMA Sunny Boy power inverter to generate up to
121 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity each day – equivalent to the daily
energy requirements of about 15 typical Tijuana-area homes.

“Toyota’s commitment to the environment is a way of life, both within our
operations and in our products — as exemplified by award-winning vehicles like
the Toyota Tundra pickup and Prius hybrid sedan,” said Joe Da Rosa, president
of TMMBC. “We are pleased to partner with Kyocera to install this solar
carport as a visible reminder of our efforts to create a healthier environment
for future generations.”

TMMBC has been manufacturing Toyota trucks and cars in its Baja California
facility since 2002, where it employs 985 people.

Kyocera and Toyota have a history of collaboration on projects to benefit the
environment. In 2008, Toyota’s Tsutsumi Plant in Japan installed a Kyocera
solar power generating system rated at 2,000kW, enough to power about 500
local households. Additionally, Kyocera’s solar cells are integrated into a
unique Solar Powered Ventilation System available as an option on select
Toyota Prius hybrid automobiles.

“Kyocera is delighted to assist Toyota in achieving its renewable energy
goals,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “We are especially
pleased to support applications like the Toyota manufacturing plant in Baja
California and the globally renowned Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.”

Both Toyota and Kyocera have environmental management systems in their Baja
California manufacturing facilities to lower greenhouse gas emissions,
conserve energy, reduce waste, promote recycling and enhance sustainability.

“Kyocera is honored to see our four decades of solar industry experience at
work benefiting the Tijuana community, where a significant proportion of our
solar modules are manufactured,” said David Hester, president of Kyocera
Mexicana. “As members of the Maquiladora Industry Association of Tijuana, we
invite all area businesses to join us in promoting sustainability through
solar power generation.”

Photos from the event at TMMBC are available upon request.

To learn more about Kyocera Solar Solutions for both residential and
commercial projects in the U.S. and Mexico, please contact
infosolar@kyocerasolar.com or 800-223-9580.

About KYOCERA

Kyocera is one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of solar
photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 38-year history of innovation in
solar technology, the company is recognized as an industry pioneer and has set
repeated world records in multicrystalline silicon cell efficiency. Kyocera
serves thousands of residential and industrial customers in both developed and
developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment
installed since 1975.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with regional
sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia, and solar module manufacturing
facilities operated by Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. of Tijuana, Mexico.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971), the parent and global
headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine
(or “advanced”) ceramics. Kyocera specializes in combining these engineered
materials with other technologies to create solar power generating systems,
printers, copiers, mobile phones, electronic components, semiconductor
packages, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March
31, 2013, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approx. USD13.6
billion).

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