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KYOCERA Donates Solar Power Generating Systems to Schools in Nepal

600-watt systems with educational equipment to be installed in 15 schools

December 17, 2008
(This document was translated from the Japanese press release.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) announced that it will donate solar power generating systems to middle schools in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Today, Kyocera founder and chairman emeritus, Kazuo Inamori, presented a donation certificate to His Excellency Dr. Ganesh Yonzan Tamang, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Japan, at Kyocera's Tokyo office.

Photo:H.E. Dr. Ganesh Yonzan Tamang, Ambassador of Nepal ( left), with Kyocera Founder and Chairman Emeritus Kazuo Inamori
H.E. Dr. Ganesh Yonzan Tamang, Ambassador of Nepal (left),
with Kyocera Founder and Chairman Emeritus Kazuo Inamori

The donation package contains 600-watt solar power generating systems, including storage batteries, which Kyocera will install in schools in Nepal. Each system will also come with basic equipment, such as audio-visual equipment and lights. Kyocera will donate and install the systems in three schools each year over the following five years, totaling 15 schools starting from 2009.

According to the Asian Development Bank, only approximately 20 percent of Nepal is supplied with electricity, leaving a large majority of people without power. Moreover, it is pointed out that the majority of power supply in the country is derived from hydraulic power, causing serious power shortages in dry seasons. Even with the EU playing a central role in energy assistance programs that have been introduced, there is still need for other private level assistance as well.

Under these circumstances, the solar power generating systems to be installed by Kyocera will help provide electricity for educational facilities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan commented that "Using the technological capabilities of Japan in Nepal is a greatly appreciated international contribution."

Starting in 2000, Kyocera began a partnership with the local company Lasersun Energy to supply small-scale solar generating systems for residential use, compatible LED light packages and other solar power options in Nepal. In 2007, the total volume of shipments of Kyocera solar power equipment to Nepal was 2.6 times higher than in the previous year.

Realizing that the energy circumstances in Nepal are still insufficient, Kyocera hopes to contribute to the situation through the expansion of its solar business. With the donation of solar power generating systems, Kyocera believes it is meaningful to provide light for the classrooms and to power televisions and radios that can be used in the education of the children who carry the future of the country on their shoulders. As a company with many years of experience in the solar business, Kyocera has great expectations for contributing to the future of the country and enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Supporting Rural Electrification
Kyocera entered the solar energy business in 1975 when former president Kazuo Inamori first recognized the long-term potential for solar technology to help meet global energy demand. The company's solar business has continued for 33 years based on the principle of "Contributing to society through clean energy around the world."

With roughly 1.6 billion people around the world without power, Kyocera has continued to brighten many people's lives in developing areas with no electricity through various forms of solar power contribution activities. Kyocera's efforts in rural electrification began with the donation of solar power generating systems to the village of Kankoi, Pakistan in 1983, and Gansu Province, China in 1985, including a series of projects involving agricultural irrigation, vaccine refrigeration, and power for medical facilities.

In the fall of this year, Kyocera started to supply solar power generating systems to 500 households in Tunisia under a Japanese government yen-loan project. This was the first use of yen-loans for the delivery and installation of solar power generating systems. Furthermore, similar to the donation in Nepal, Kyocera will also install solar power generating systems in 20 schools in Tanzania over the coming five years.