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Kyocera Solar, Inc. Introduces New Solar-Powered DC Pump Lines

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (June 26, 2002) - Kyocera Solar, Inc., a leader in solar-powered water pumping products, today introduced two new lines of solar-powered submersible DC pumps and pump systems for needs ranging from potable water to crop irrigation and livestock watering.

Diaphragm Pumps
Kyocera's new diaphragm pump line (including the Kyocera SD 6-35, SD 3-70 and SD 12-30 pump systems) offers an inexpensive solution for remote home and livestock watering needs. These systems require as few as one Kyocera photovoltaic panel for input power. In addition, while all diaphragm pumps require yearly diaphragm replacement, the Kyocera SD series offers a great advantage over competing designs by allowing this maintenance to be performed with two standard tools -- and in minutes, rather than hours, of downtime.

Centrifugal Pumps
Kyocera's new centrifugal pump line (which includes the Kyocera SC-500 and SC-1000 pump systems) is designed to move water from greater depths and in greater volumes. Applications for Kyocera SC-series pumps include remote villages and crop irrigation. These pumps are an attractive solution for any pumping need where power from the utility grid is unavailable.

All Kyocera pump systems include Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) controllers for unprecedented efficiency. By ensuring the optimal voltage/current combination at all times, these controllers maximize available power to the pump -- increasing the volume of water moved "per watt" and extending daylight operating times. As a result, many pumping needs can be served with just one solar PV module.

All Kyocera pump systems also feature a corrosion-resistant water sensor (sold separately as the Kyocera model SS-100) which senses the absence of water and helps prevent internal damage by ensuring that the pump does not run dry.

"This new line of pumps is simple to specify, highly efficient, robust, and easy to maintain," commented Rob Collins, Manager of Research and Development, Kyocera Solar, Inc. "Collectively, they represent the absolute 'state of the art' in solar-powered water pumping."

Kyocera pumps and pump systems are sold exclusively through a network of Kyocera-authorized dealers and contractors. The company supports its customers by providing technical training sessions throughout the United States. For more information, call 800-544-6466 ext. 7822.

About Kyocera
Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions, with headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia. 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), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of 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 energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled 1.034.6 trillion yen (US$7.778 billion) with net income of 31.953 billion yen (US$240.2million). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."