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KYOCERA Secures Silicon Materials to Increase Solar Production Output up to 500 Megawatts by 2011

April 18, 2007

Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) today announced plans to increase production to 500 megawatts (MW) by the end of March, 2011, about triple the current output, and has secured the silicon materials needed to achieve this goal. Based on this plan, Kyocera will be augmenting its production system from this year, to increase the capacity of its solar energy business.


Securing silicon materials
Kyocera has manufactured multicrystalline silicon solar cells in fully integrated processing system that manages every stage of the process, from casting silicon ingot to engineering and supplying complete solar systems. In order to respond to increasing demand, Kyocera focused on research to improve quality , when enduring a shortage of silicon. The Company has now secured a stable supply of silicon materials from several suppliers, and accordingly plans to expand manufacturing facilities in stages and steadily increase production.

Increase capacity of Yohkaichi Plant, which produces solar cells
With a stable supply of silicon materials, manufacturing facility upgrades will be made at the new wing that was added in September 2005 for further capacity expansion at Shiga Yohkaichi plant, where solar cells, the core device for solar modules, are being manufactured. A capital investment of about five billion yen will be made each year (the total investment will be about 20 billion yen), to establish a full manufacturing system by the end of March, 2011 that will enable the production of 500MW of solar cells annually.

Increase capacity at four solar module assembly plants
Kyocera has already established local production and supply systems for solar modules in Japan, Europe, the United States and China, the four largest markets in the world, to respond rapid rise of demand in these areas. Along with the phased increase of solar cell production to 500MW, enabled by the stable supply of silicon materials, new factory wings will be constructed and additional manufacturing facilities will be installed at each of the four bases. Capital investments amounting to about 10 billion yen in total will be made for expansion and improvement of production systems in order to achieve 500MW annual production output in the end of March 2011.

Today, multicrystalline solar cells account for about 50% of the global market, becoming the most widely used solar cells. The annual production of 500MW will be the world's largest output for multicrystalline silicon solar cells, in fully integrated processing system that manages every stage of the process, from casting silicon ingot to engineering and supplying complete solar systems.

* Annual production output 500MW (500,000kw) realizes to build complete 3.5kW solar systems for 142,800 new homes each year.

Expansion plans for each manufacturing base (schemes)
Process Site Expansion Plan
(Annual Production Output)
Measures
Solar cell production Yohkaichi Plant, Shiga, Japan

(Current)
180MW

(the end of March 2011)
500MW

*New facilities will be installed each year to increase production in stages.
* Total investment will be about 20 billion yen.

Solar module assembly (Japanese market)
Ise Plant, Mie, Japan

(Current)
100MW

(the end of March 2011)
110MW

*A new factory building will be built by the end of March, 2008
* Production facilities will be installed by the end of March, 2008
* Production facilities will be expanded by the end of March 2009
* Total investment will be about 1 billion yen.

(European market)
Kyocera Solar Europe s.r.o.,
Kadan Plant, Czech Republic

(Current)
25MW

(the end of March, 2011)
150MW

*A new single-story building will be built by the end of March, 2010 on the adjacent lot.
* The scale of the plant will be doubled.
* Manufacturing facilities will be installed each year in stages.
* Total investment will be about 4 billion yen.

(American market)
Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
Tijuana Plant, Mexico

(Current)
25MW

(the end of March, 2011)
150MW

*A new two-story building will be built by the end of March, 2008 on the adjacent lot.
* The scale of the plant will be expanded tenfold of the current scale.
* Manufacturing facilities will be introduced each year in stages.
* Total investment will be about 4 billion yen.

(Chinese market)
Kyocera (Tianjin) Solar Energy Co., Ltd.,
Tianjin Plant, China

(Current)
30MW

(the end of March, 2011)
90MW

*Manufacturing facilities to double current production will be introduced by the end of March, 2008
* A new building will be built by the end of March, 2010 and the scale of the plant will be 1.5 more than current one.
*Total investment will be about 1 billion yen.


Kyocera's solar cell production output will be about 2.1GW, equivalent to greening Tokyo
Since start of solar energy business in 1975, Kyocera has shipped solar cells equivalent to about 760MW in total (actual figure for 1975-2006). All these solar cells have continuously converted sunlight into electric energy, and helped people in their lives and social activities. When the production of 500MW has been reached in the end of March, 2011, the cumulative shipment of solar cells will reach about 2,160MW (about 2.16GW). These 2.16GW of solar cells will be operating around the world. Kyocera will be helping to preserve the global environment with the use of solar cells, reducing oil use by a total of about280,000 kl/year in total and suppressing greenhouse gas emissions by about 3170,000 t-CO2/year (equivalent to about 2,100km² of planted forests when converted to land mass, almost same land area as Tokyo.)

Yohkaichi Plant, Shiga, Japan (210kW system on its rooftop)
Yohkaichi Plant, Shiga, Japan
(210kW system on its rooftop)
Ise Plant, Mie, Japan (70kW system on its rooftop)
Ise Plant, Mie, Japan
(70kW system on its rooftop)
Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. Tijuana Plant, Mexico
Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.
Tijuana Plant, Mexico
 Kyocera (Tianjin) Solar Energy Co., Ltd. Tianjin Plant, China
Kyocera (Tianjin) Solar Energy Co., Ltd.
Tianjin Plant, China
Kyocera Solar Europe s.r.o. Kadan Plant, Czech Republic
Kyocera Solar Europe s.r.o.
Kadan Plant, Czech Republic
Assembly of modules at Kadan Plant
Assembly of modules at Kadan Plant