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SolarWorld earns top score among conventional module makers in tech watchdog group’s sustainability ‘scorecard’

SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 23, 2010 – SolarWorld Industries America Inc. performed best among makers of conventional solar modules in an independent survey of photovoltaic manufacturing companies’ performance on environmental and social responsibilities, according to a new report from the high-technology watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

SolarWorld, the nation’s largest and most experienced solar manufacturer, earned a “sunny” ranking, a gold star and the top numerical rating among crystalline photovoltaic manufacturers in a report that the SVTC released today. The tech-industry environmental-advocacy group, which authored the report “Toward a Just and Sustainable Solar Industry” in 2009 and previously spearheaded initiatives to curb computer waste, has stirred national discussion about the solar industry’s responsible, clean development.

SolarWorld has led the solar industry in product and manufacturing stewardship and transparency, launching the first and still only conventional PV recycling plant in 2003, earning high marks in global sustainability reporting and donating modules for rural-electrification projects in developing nations. Among the projects have been several in Haiti, both before and after earthquake disaster struck on Jan. 12.

“The interests of sustainability must define the solar industry,” said Boris Klebensberger, SolarWorld’s chief operating officer and the company’s top executive in the Americas. “It is not enough to drive technology for more sustainable energy production. The industry also must develop along a wholly sustainable course.”

As part of the SVTC research, Mr. Klebensberger invited a delegation of its leaders and researchers to its recycling plant in Freiberg, Germany, a visit that became a stop on a European industry tour. In Germany, the company has won the federal government’s award for the most sustainable production.

To view the SVTC’s full scorecard, visit

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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. 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

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