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SolarWorld finishes No. 1 – again – in energy-productivity test

Photon test winner 2008 and 2009Hillsboro, Ore., Feb. 10, 2010 – For the second year in a row, SolarWorld’s solar power technology has demonstrated the highest electricity production performance in the world’s only independent, industrywide test, staged annually by Photon magazine.

SolarWorld’s modules have generated more electricity than all competitive products for each watt of capacity installed in Photon tests in both 2009 and 2008. In comparison with other modules, the SolarWorld products produced up to 12 percent more power in 2009.

Only Photon, which is releasing its results in its February edition, conducts such yield tests under scientifically controlled conditions. The test results offer an objective basis for selection to renewable-energy consumers who must choose among a wide variety of modules available in the marketplace.

The tests were completed on SolarWorld modules produced in Europe. The company, the biggest and most experienced U.S. solar technology manufacturer, makes its American products using the same stringent quality standards and fully automated, vertically integrated production entirely within the United States.

“The test results emphatically underline our top position in the international market,” says Frank H. Asbeck, chairman and CEO of SolarWorld AG. “We feel they confirm our strategy of only producing at sites that offer the highest quality, environmental and social standards – a guarantee for top quality made by SolarWorld.”

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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