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KYOCERA to Sponsor SolFest Southwest, April 17-18, 2004 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Partnership with Arizona's premier renewable energy festival demonstrates KYOCERA's commitment to solar energy and the environment

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (March 19, 2004) – Kyocera today announced its presenting sponsorship of the first annual “SolFest Southwest,” a two-day celebration of renewable energy, green building and sustainable living to be held in cooperation with the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, April 17-18, 2004.

Located at WestWorld, Scottsdale’s 11-acre special-events facility, SolFest Southwest will be a regional extension of the annual SolFest based in Hopland, California, which has won national recognition since 1996 for educating the public on renewable energy technologies.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Kyocera for SolFest Southwest,” said Belle Starr, producer of SolFest. “Kyocera is a world leader in solar energy solutions, and their dedication to the health of our environment and to humankind makes them the perfect fit for SolFest Southwest.”

SolFest Southwest will include 150 exhibitors, 60 workshops, a wide range of entertainment, and a special “KidsZone” with games and art projects, in six separate tented areas. Keynote speakers will include actors and community activists Ed Begley Jr. and Peter Coyote, as well as authors Dan Chiras, David Orr, and American Hydrogen Association founder Roy McAlister. Music will be provided by Turning Point, William Eaton Ensemble, Sistah Blue, Annie Moscow, Scott Beck, Emily Richards, and Gabriel Francisco. For more information, call (928) 649-8180 or visit

“It is an honor for Kyocera to support SolFest in our Scottsdale community,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc.  “Kyocera is delighted to sponsor activities that enhance our environment and the quality of life for all people. We believe that SolFest can raise awareness of solar energy and its importance for the future of humanity -- not just in the state of Arizona, but worldwide.”

Kyocera will exhibit a wide range of technologies at SolFest Southwest, including its extensive line of solar power products, wireless phones, environmentally friendly Ecosys printers, ceramic cutlery and digital cameras.

About Kyocera

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is a world-leading supplier of environmentally sound, solar electric energy solutions. With operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., and regional sales centers in Brazil and Australia, Kyocera Solar, Inc. serves 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).