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SolarWorld No.1 Racer to Start in the Long Beach Grand Prix

Camarillo, April 17th, 2008 - The solar racer SolarWorld No.1 increasingly attracts attention at international motor racing events. Committed to the slogan "No fuel, no noise, just speed" the solar-powered racing car sponsored by SolarWorld AG will take to the race track this coming weekend at the 34th Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach/California. Just before the start of the main race the solar racer will do one round on the racing track to give the 180,000 or so spectators an insight into the future of motor racing. "The solar racer is a symbol of climate-friendly mobility which becomes more and more important," says Dipl.-Ing. Frank H. Asbeck, Chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. "At the same time‚ SolarWorld No.1 shows the versatility of modern solar technology." At this traditional motor sports event in which Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet were winners in the past the solar racer will be presented in the context of an exhibition for drive systems based on renewable energies (Green Exhibition).

Successful presentation at DTM race in Hockenheim

Last weekend the solar racer was already at the start of the first race of this year's German touring car championship (Deutsche Tourenwagenmeisterschaft = DTM) on the Hockenheimring. The racing car exclusively propelled by solar energy presented itself in the drivers' camp and completed one round on the track in front of some 60,000 spectators just before the starting pistol for the DTM was fired. The appealing design and the modern technology were well received by the motor racing enthusiasts. "Motor racing and cars thrill millions of people all over the world. Due to the considerable use of fuel the traditional motor racing symbolizes resource consumption and climate change. With the SolarWorld No.1 we want to give an example to show that it can also work out differently and that this excitement can also be sparked by a climate-friendly and clean technology," underlines Frank Asbeck. The racing car consisting mainly of carbon fibres was developed and designed by engineering students at Bochum University of Applied Science in cooperation with SolarWorld AG. With its commitment to this project SolarWorld AG is systematically promoting the upcoming generation of engineers.

For more information about the SolarWorld No.1 raceer go to: www.solarworldno1.com

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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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