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KYOCERA and TESSCO Announce Partnership to Launch and Distribute Standard Railroad Solar Power Systems

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- Kyocera Solar, Inc. is pleased to announce that TESSCO Technologies Incorporated has become its official distribution partner for a new line of standard solar power systems targeted to the railroad market. Kyocera’s standard railroad solar power systems, RR 24/7, have undergone recent design enhancements providing even higher quality, ease of installation, and product performance longevity.

With over 20 years of railroad product design and installation experience, Kyocera Solar, Inc. developed the RR 24/7 product line to meet the unique demands of the railroad industry. These upgraded systems come as part of Kyocera’s market initiative, “Sunlight to Service,” to provide quality off-grid solutions for the industrial market. Kyocera’s solar panels and all components of the RR 24/7 product line are UL certified, backed by warranty, and specifically designed and engineered to ensure the quality and performance of the product.

Kyocera and TESSCO announce the key distribution agreement between the two companies for sales of railroad solar power systems, whereby TESSCO sells Kyocera solar power products through its network of reseller and end-user channels. The dependable design of the pre-packaged railroad solar power systems is expected to yield outstanding reliability, and will include all installation components and a complete documentation package. Together, Kyocera and TESSCO will provide easy-to-use products and on-time delivery for customers in search of innovative solar applications.

“This is an exciting announcement for TESSCO as we expand our solar power products that are targeted for the railroad industry,” said TESSCO Senior Vice President of Solutions Development and Product Management Jerry Garland. “The addition of Kyocera’s world-class solar products is expected to complement our current offering, as well as to help further extend our reach into the ever-evolving industrial market.”

The partnership with TESSCO will allow Kyocera Solar, Inc. to provide a growing range of railroad power solutions employing the latest in off-grid photovoltaic solar technology.

“Continuous improvements in technology and manufacturing efficiency are making solar power practical in an ever-growing range of markets,” said Kyocera Solar, Inc. President Steve Hill. “In many remote applications, such as railroad equipment and wireless infrastructure, Kyocera’s solar electric generating systems now represent the most practical, reliable and cost-effective solution on the market.”

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 the U.S., 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 (NYSE:KYO), 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, laser printers, copiers, semiconductor packages, electronic components and industrial ceramics. In the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, the company’s net sales totaled 1.29 trillion yen (approximately $12.9 billion). For more information, please visit

TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq:TESS) is a value-added provider of the product solutions needed to design, build, run, maintain and use wireless systems. TESSCO is committed to delivering, fast and complete, the product needs of wireless system operators, program managers, contractors, resellers, and self-maintained utility, transportation, enterprise and government organizations. As Your Total Source® provider of mobile and fixed-wireless network infrastructure products, mobile devices and accessories, and installation, test and maintenance equipment and supplies, TESSCO assures customers of on-time availability, while streamlining their supply chain process and lowering inventories and total costs. To learn more, please visit