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SolarWorld calls for research award entries from junior ‘Einsteins’

Hillsboro, Ore., April 14, 2010 – The SolarWorld group has issued its annual invitation for young scientists to enter their photovoltaic research to compete for the company’s Junior Einstein Award, which comes with a prize of 5,000 euros (about $6,800). The deadline is June 30.

Each year, SolarWorld, the largest and most experienced U.S. manufacturer of solar technology, bestows its Einstein Award to a figure who has earned significant merit in the field of PV technology, making an important contribution to developing solar power. It also honors thesis work by a young scientist.

An award ceremony will take place in September on the occasion of the 25th European Photovoltaic Conference in Valencia, Spain.

“With the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award, we want to promote the enthusiasm of young people all over the world for the solar idea and the solar industry and generate innovative ideas all around the topic of photovoltaic technology,” said Frank H. Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld.

About the SolarWorld Einstein Award

Figures from research and development, but also from industry and politics, have been honored since 2005 with the SolarWorld Einstein Award. Award winners who acquired special merit in using solar energy – and therefore nurturing planet Earth – are Dr. Rupert Neudeck, for use of photovoltaic technology in development aid, 2009; Prof. Antonio Luque-Lopez, Spanish photovoltaic pioneer, 2008; Dr. Martin Green, developer of the most efficient mono-crystalline solar cell, 2007; Dr. Adolf Goetzberger, founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, 2006; Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former German minister of the environment and later head of the United Nations Environmental Program, 2005. SolarWorld also has offered the SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award since 2006. For more information, go to www.einstein-award.de.

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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