Kyocera Introduces its New High-Efficiency “d.Blue” Photovoltaic Module

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (May 12, 2003) – Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the introduction of d.Blue, a photovoltaic module offering a breakthrough in energy conversion efficiency through a new, Kyocera-developed cell processing technology. Available with a maximum rated output of 167 watts or 125 watts, d.Blue is the most efficient photovoltaic module Kyocera has marketed to date.

"Kyocera’s d.Blue modules provide approximately five percent more power than our highly successful KC120-1 and KC158G modules, with no increase in dimensions," said Tom Dyer, Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Vice President of Domestic and International Sales. "Delivering more power per square foot is part of Kyocera’s commitment to improving the quality and performance of our solar energy products, while reducing total installed system costs."

The newly developed d.Blue manufacturing process creates a microscopic texture on the cell’s multi-crystalline silicon surface, reducing reflectance and maximizing the amount of sunlight the cell can absorb. The change is evident in the d.Blue module’s increased power output and "deep blue" color, which inspired its name.

Kyocera’s KC167G d.Blue module produces 167 watts of maximum power (7.2 amps and 23.2 volts under standard test conditions) in a form factor measuring 50.8" x 39" x 1.4" -- the same size as the company’s conventional 158-watt panel, the KC158G. The new KC125G d.Blue module produces 125 watts of maximum power (7.2 amps and 17.4 volts under standard test conditions) in a form factor measuring 56" x 25.7" x 2.0" – the same size as the conventional 120-watt module, the KC120-1. Both d.Blue modules feature "quick connect" output cables, and a heavy-duty box-style dark anodized aluminum frame. The d.Blue modules are covered by Kyocera’s 25-year power output warranty, are UL listed, and are approved by the California Energy Commission for its rebate program.

Sold exclusively through a network of Kyocera-authorized dealers and contractors, the new d.Blue modules are ideal for all types of residential and commercial buildings. The dark blue cells and black module frames allow a d.Blue system to blend visually with a building’s architecture while producing energy at increased efficiencies. For more information, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Customer Service Division at 888-576-4921, or visit the company’s web site at

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.

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