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SolarWorld Campus in Oregon Showcases Nissan LEAF, the Nation’s First Mass-Produced, 100% Electric Vehicle

Choice of tour site highlights mutual aims of electric vehicles and solar power

SolarWorld USA Headquarters in Hillsboro, Ore.HILLSBORO, Ore., Nov. 1, 2010 – SolarWorld's manufacturing campus in Hillsboro – the largest crystalline silicon solar production facility in the Americas – will serve as the sole Oregon host site of the "drive electric tour" sponsored by Nissan LEAF on Nov. 5, 6 and 7, giving the region's many electric-vehicle enthusiasts a long-awaited chance to get behind the wheel of a zero-emission Nissan LEAF family sedan.

The unusual tour stop on SolarWorld's busy campus points to the advances of two industry pioneers in promoting technologies that affordably curb the need for fossil-based fuels and emissions of carbon and other environmentally noxious gases. Nissan is presenting its LEAF sedan as the first mass-produced, affordable 100%-electric-with-zero-emissions vehicle. SolarWorld, the largest and most experienced U.S. manufacturer of its kind, has spearheaded solar technology development since the mid-1970s.

The SolarWorld stop on Nissan's "drive electric tour" is the sixth in a 22-city route that began in October and ends in March. The tour features several display areas, each highlighting a specific attribute or benefit of the car, but the best part of the "drive electric tour" is that you can drive the car for yourself! You will be able to drive the Nissan LEAF with a "co-pilot" to answer your questions and show you of all the interior features of the car. Visitors also can inquire about SolarWorld.

The Portland metropolitan-area market has proven to be an enthusiastic adopter of both the Nissan LEAF and SolarWorld's solar panels, according to officials of both companies. Consumers have reserved the Nissan LEAF and selected SolarWorld panels at vigorous rates. Orders of the Nissan LEAF are expected to arrive in Oregon this winter. This month, SolarWorld marked its second anniversary of vertically integrated production in Hillsboro, located west of Portland, where it is nearing 1,000 workers.

"Nissan deliberately chose the SolarWorld campus as an ideal place to showcase our exciting driving solution to the twin pressing needs for high affordability and no emissions," said Jay Schaffer, Promotions and Lifestyle Marketing Manager, Nissan North America. "Both companies' visions are lighting the way to a bright future for key products and technologies that do their jobs superlatively well, put consumers on a sounder environmental footing and work for their pocketbooks."

"The day of the all-electric Nissan LEAF, as well as SolarWorld's high-performance solar panels, has come," said Gordon Brinser, President of SolarWorld Industries America Inc. "We are only too delighted that in Oregon the two are arriving in exactly the same place."
For reservations, times and other details relating to all stops along the "drive electric tour," go to www.driveNissanLEAF.com 

SolarWorld Real Value

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. 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 publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. For more information, visit www.solarworld-usa.com.

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