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KYOCERA Introduces Aesthetically-Integrated SAMURAI Photovoltaic Modules

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (December 19, 2003) – Kyocera announced today the introduction of SAMURAI, an innovative photovoltaic system designed to enhance the appearance of solar arrays mounted on residential buildings.  SAMURAI was designed to preserve the visual appeal of a building while providing the maximum power possible using the available area.

SAMURAI is constructed with a unique aluminum “micro-frame,” for a thinner and lighter design than conventional Kyocera KC Series modules. The system consists of two different sizes of modules and three types of standard length rails, making it easy to maximize the use of available roof space.  This configuration also eliminates the need for custom-ordered mounting racks and the traditional waiting period while they are made to order.  SAMURAI incorporates Kyocera’s high-efficiency “d.Blue” polycrystalline photovoltaic cells.

The installed watts and demand for PV systems have been increasing according to the California Energy Commission. “The concept of ‘aesthetics’ is now a critical element in serving the expanding population of demanding solar energy users,“ said Tom Dyer, Vice President of Sales for Kyocera Solar, Inc. SAMURAI provides a basic concept of “Power with Style,” approaching the market from a new angle. “Now you can reduce your electric bills without sacrificing your home’s appearance,” said Dyer.

Sold exclusively through a network of Kyocera-authorized dealers and contractors, the new SAMURAI modules are ideal for most residential buildings. SAMURAI will be officially introduced to the U.S. market January 19–22 at the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, contact Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s Customer Service Division at 800-544-6466 or visit the company’s web site at

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. services thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions. 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, 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, 2003, the company’s net sales totaled 1.069 trillion yen ($9.06 billion) with net income of 41.1 billion yen ($348 million).