Kyocera Teams With National Solar Trainers to Offer IREC and NABCEP Accredited Training

These online training programs are individually tailored in three professional tracks focusing on the knowledge needed for installation, sales & business development, and engineering & design professionals.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ and CHARLOTTE, NC - June 28, 2012 — Kyocera Solar, Inc., a leading supplier of reliable solar modules and renewable energy, today announced yet another reason to choose Kyocera: proven training support. Teaming with National Solar Trainers, Kyocera is now offering a wide array of IREC-certified (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) and NABCEP-registered (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) training options to its dealers nationwide in live, hands-on and online formats.

Ensuring the industry's highest standards, new and experienced dealers alike can benefit from National Solar Trainer's extensive online training library and nationwide workshop schedule covering advanced hands-on installation and design labs. These online training programs are individually tailored in three professional tracks focusing on the knowledge needed for installation, sales & business development, and engineering & design professionals.

"For almost 40 years, Kyocera has delivered some of the best, most reliable products in the solar industry," said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. "Now, by partnering with National Solar Trainers, we're able to ensure an even better customer experience with renowned, certified training for our dealers."

"We're truly excited to develop this training program with Kyocera, which is known worldwide for adhering to the highest standards in providing long-lasting, top quality products," said Lars Rudstam, director of marketing, National Solar Trainers. "We take the same approach when creating our training programs, making this partnership a great cultural fit that will increase the reliability and quality of solar installations in the U.S."

IREC is a non-profit organization promoting best practices in renewable energy for states, municipalities, utilities, and industry; and quality assessment for the growing clean energy workforce through the credentialing of trainers and training programs. The NABCEP is the "gold standard" for photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating installation certification, designed to raise industry standards and promote consumer confidence throughout North America.

Trainees will be able to prepare for the full range of NABCEP PV Certifications, along with the ability to complete their continuing education re-certification requirements. Live, hands-on trainings can be deployed from coast to coast to prepare crew members for commercial projects, sales, installation, and design. National Solar Trainers courses are accredited by IREC / ISPQ as continuing education programs.

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Kyocera is one of the world's largest vertically integrated producers and suppliers of solar photovoltaic modules and systems. With a 37-year history of innovation and profitability in solar technology, the company is recognized as a global leader and industry pioneer in solar power solutions ― and is in a unique position to integrate decades of experience into its product development and support for both residential and industrial clients across the globe. Kyocera serves thousands of customers in both developed and developing regions, with more than 3 gigawatts of solar collection equipment installed since 1975. The company has set repeated world records in multicrystal silicon cell efficiency and most recently gained the distinction of producing the world's first modules to pass the Long-Term Sequential Test for reliability performed by TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd.

Kyocera Solar, Inc. is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with regional sales affiliates in the Americas and Australia.

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (, 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, printers, copiers, telecommunications equipment, 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.

National Solar Trainers is a leading provider of IREC Certified and NABCEP Registered training programs. Programs are organized into tracks for installation, sales, and design professionals. NST features some of the industry's leading online training solutions for companies, and individuals, as well as a Nationwide schedule of advanced live, hands-on training labs in installation and design. You can find out more at

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