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SolarWorld Group invests $26 million for new module line in Camarillo

Camarillo, June 25, 2007 - After the acquisition of Shell Solar one year ago, the expansion of the SolarWorld production site in Camarillo is taking shape: In the last few weeks the first machines for the new higher speed solar module line were installed, including automated precision robots. Various suppliers were on-site to perform these installations.

The manufacturing will be transferred from the old machines to the new production plant step-by-step over the coming months. The installation of the new higher performance machines will increase the module production capacity in Camarillo from 35 to 100 megawatts per year. SolarWorld will invest about $26 million in the Camarillo site by the end of this year. The building that previously housed the module assembly line will be used for expanding the warehouse capabilities, which will allow for faster shipping of customer orders.

At the same time, another expansion is taking place in Camarillo: SolarWorld California, the Sales division that services the US market, has grown and moved into a newly reconstructed building.

These two expansions happen at the same time when the roots of the company reach back exactly 30 years: In 1977, the solar company was founded, which today is known as SolarWorld Industries America. On June 28th, SolarWorld employees celebrate these successful years together with their customers, friends and guests from the local business and political communities.

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SolarWorld manufactures and sells solar power solutions and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. As the largest solar producer in the United States and Europe, SolarWorld employs about 3,200 people and carries out production in Hillsboro, Ore., and Freiberg and Arnstadt, Germany. From the raw material silicon to solar wafers, cells and panels, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through an international distribution network with locations in the United States, Europe, Singapore and South Africa, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe and is committed to resource- and energy-efficient production. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publically traded on the stock market since 1999. For more information, visit www.solarworld-usa.com.

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Devon Cichoski
Media relations manager
SolarWorld Industries America
4650 Adohr Lane
Camarillo, CA 93012
Mobile: 805-377-2905
Office: 805-388-6388
devon.cichoski(at)solarworld-usa.com