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KYOCERA, Four Other Companies Reach Basic Agreement on Development Plan for 430-Megawatt Solar Power Project

  KYOCERA, Four Other Companies Reach Basic Agreement on Development Plan for
  430-Megawatt Solar Power Project

 Companies agree to explore plan to construct and operate the world’s largest
  solar power project located on agricultural land  on island near Nagasaki,
                                    Japan

Business Wire

KYOTO, Japan -- June 12, 2014

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971), along with Photovolt Development
Partners GmbH, Kyudenko Corporation, ORIX Corporation, and Mizuho Bank, Ltd.,
today announced that they have reached a basic agreement to investigate the
possibility of operating a 430-megawatt (MW) solar power project on the island
of Ukujima (Sasebo City, Nagasaki Pref., Japan). The project would be the
largest in the world to be implemented on agricultural land^*1.

Photovolt Development Partners began planning the solar power project in April
2013 with the aim of helping to contribute to environmental protection and
economic revitalization on the remote island. Approximately 150 billion yen
(approx. $1.47 billion^*2) in investment is planned for the project, with a
goal of starting construction in FY2016 (April 2015 to March 2016). The
project envisions using a combined land area of roughly 6.3 million square
meters — the equivalent area of 134 professional baseball stadiums — at
multiple locations, covering roughly 25 percent of the small island of
Ukujima, part of the Goto Islands off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. The
project plans to utilize approximately 1,720,000 of Kyocera’s high-output
multi-crystalline silicon solar modules to create a 430MW system that would
generate an estimated 500,000MWh per year, the equivalent power annually used
by roughly 138,800 typical households^*3, offsetting roughly 252,200 tons^*4
of CO[2] each year. By constructing a 60-kilometer undersea cable between
Ukujima and the island of Kyushu, all power produced from the project will be
sold to the local utility company, Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc., based on
the national feed-in tariff program for renewable energy.

Under the plan, negotiations over land use would be carried out by Ukujima
Mega Solar Park Service Corporation (hereafter “UMSPS”), which would lease
agricultural land or deserted arable land on the island from respective
owners. A special purpose company (TeraSol G.K.) would then sublease the land
from UMSPS to construct and operate the solar power systems. In this project,
the solar modules would be constructed on stilts, allowing the land to be
concurrently utilized for both power generation and agriculture. In addition,
based on agricultural grant funding from TeraSol, UMSPS will support livestock
farmers by commissioning the production of oat grass and other pasture
grasses, thus contributing to regional development on the island through both
the island’s main industry of agriculture and the power generation business.

Agreeing with the benefits of this project, Kyocera, Kyudenko, ORIX and Mizuho
Bank aim to achieve an environmentally friendly business model using solar
power, while contributing to the development of the island’s agricultural
base. Along with Photovolt Development Partners, the five companies have
reached a basic agreement to explore the project. Under the current plan, the
Kyocera Group will supply 100 percent of the modules to be installed, and in
cooperation with Kyudenko, will be responsible for the construction,
maintenance and management of the solar power systems; while Mizuho Bank will
be in charge of planning and coordinating the projects’ financing.
Additionally, Kyocera, Kyudenko and ORIX are considering making capital
investments into TeraSol.

The companies involved will work with the Nagasaki prefectural government, the
city of Sasebo and authorities in the community to investigate the most
appropriate business model and ensure that environment protection is
considered in the selection of sites and construction of the solar power
systems.

*1  Largest in the world for a solar power project built on agricultural land
     (as of June 12, 2014).
*2   For the reader's convenience; based on an exchange rate of JPY102 = USD1
     (as of June 11, 2014).
*3   Based on an average annual use of 3,600kWh per household. Source:
     Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan
*4   Based on calculations derived from standards created by JPEA.


Project Overview
Project name    Ukujima Mega Solar Park (tentative name)
Companies        Photovolt Development Partners GmbH; Ukujima Mega Solar Park
involved         Service Corporation; Kyocera Corporation; Kyudenko
                 Corporation; ORIX Corporation; Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (planned)
Power output     430MW
Construction     Ukujima, Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan (island
site(planned)   area: approx. 24,930,000m^2; population: approx. 2,000)
Project land     Approx. 6,300,000m^2 (roughly the same area as 134 baseball
use              stadiums)
Investment       Approx. 150 billion yen (planned)
Start of        FY2016
construction


For more information about the Ukujima Mega Solar Park:
http://global.kyocera.com/news/2014/0602_nobu.html

About KYOCERA

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 integrating them with other
technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of electronic components,
printers, copiers, solar power generating systems, mobile phones,
semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year
ended March 31, 2014, the company’s net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen
(approx. USD14.1 billion). The company is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s
2014 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies,
and was named as the world’s No.1 manufacturer of advanced ceramics in the
latest ranking by Ceramic Industry magazine.

Contact:

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
webmaster.pressgl@kyocera.jp
Fax: +81-(0)75-604-3516
 
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