Kyocera Corporation, a supplier of solar energy systems, has introduced a photovoltaic (PV) system designed to enhance the appearance of solar arrays mounted on residential buildings. Called “Samurai,” the new PV system has been designed to preserve the visual appeal of a building while providing the maximum power possible using the available area.Scottsdale, Arizona – December 26, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Samurai, which incorporates Kyocera’s “d.Blue” polycrystalline PV cells, is constructed with an aluminum “micro-frame,” for a thinner and lighter design than conventional Kyocera KC Series modules. According to Kyocera, Samurai will provide a basic concept of “Power with Style,” approaching the market from “a new angle,” as the system consists of two different sizes of modules and three types of standard length rails that make it easy to maximize the use of available roof space. Kyocera reported that this configuration should also eliminate the need for custom-ordered mounting racks and the traditional waiting period while they are made to order. “The concept of ‘aesthetics’ is now a critical element in serving the expanding population of demanding solar energy users,” said Tom Dyer, Vice President of Sales for Kyocera Solar. “Now you can reduce your electric bills without sacrificing your home’s appearance.” Sold exclusively through a network of Kyocera-authorized dealers and contractors, the new Samurai modules will be officially introduced to the U.S. market January 19 to 22 at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.