Since starting R&D of solar energy in 1975, Kyocera has thoroughly strived to enhance the quality and longevity of its solar products. Illustrating the high quality and reliability of Kyocera's solar modules, the company has been recognized by numerous third-party organizations, including being the first in the world to be certified by TUV Rheinland's Long-Term Sequential Test; as well as having the non-profit Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP's potential induced degradation (PID) test demonstrate that Kyocera's modules do not show any degradation after being subjected to high voltage stress testing.* 1 Based on research by Kyocera; as of September 2012. For more information about Kyocera Solar Energy: http://global.kyocera.com/reliability/ About KYOCERA Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) ( http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.