Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that an exceptional solar project utilizing the company's solar modules has been awarded the 2012 Swiss Solar Prize: The wheelchairs of ten inhabitants at the Quimby Huus, an institution for the physically disabled in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are driven exclusively using solar power. A 3kW solar power generating system using Kyocera solar modules is installed on the roof of the Quimby Huus, providing 3,000kWh of clean electricity each year — enough to power the residents' electric wheelchairs all year round without creating any CO 2 emissions. This sustainable project is led by environmentally-committed Sandro Buff (30), who has been using a wheelchair himself for 16 years.
Sandro Buff was awarded the 2012 Swiss Solar Prize for his exceptional commitment. He is convinced that everyone must "play their part in reversing energy trends," and says, "together we can take on the challenge." Kyocera is honored that its solar modules are helping to increase the energy independence of residents at the Quimby Huus and hopes to further contribute to the development of renewable energy.To see more photos, please visit: http://global.kyocera.com/news/2013/0204_wros.html 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.