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SolarWorld exceeds 1 MW in Oregon's group-buy innovation

Portland's grass-roots volume-discount program jumpstarts neighborhood solar

Hillsboro, Ore., June 28, 2010 – SolarWorld is on track to supply about 1 MW of high-performance solar panels this year through a nation-leading, volunteer-driven, low-cost program that enables Oregon residents to more easily and affordably put solar power systems on their rooftops.

Under the Solarize program, Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, support groups of residents as they join together to secure volume pricing for buying and installing solar power systems.

Two installation partners – Mr. Sun Solar for the Solarize resident group in Southwest Portland and Imagine Energy for Southeast Portland – each expect to install more than 400 kilowatts of high-quality SolarWorld Sunmodules on homes. In a separate Solarize program orchestrated by the Eastern Oregon city of Pendleton, Livelight Energy expects to install more than 175 kilowatts of Sunmodules. In all, SolarWorld’s monocrystalline photovoltaic product will provide power to about 425 homes.

In Hillsboro, located west of Portland, SolarWorld operates the largest solar technology factory in the Americas. There, the company is culminating an expansion to reach annual production capacity of 500 MW and 1,000 employees by year's end.

"Solarize Portland reflects the best spirit of Portland's DIY, grassroots commitment to sustainability," said Mayor Sam Adams. "That this program would be able to count SolarWorld – a big part of the Portland region's burgeoning solar technology industry – as a participant and supplier only strengthens Portland's, and my, commitment to fusing environmental sustainability with economic prosperity."

Kevin Kilkelly, SolarWorld's president of U.S. sales, said SolarWorld's top-rated performance and domestic production maximize the sustainable impact of the grass-roots program. "The spread of high-performance, domestically manufactured solar into the very U.S. neighborhoods where residents will use the power fulfills the highest promise of power from the sun," Kilkelly said.

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. 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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