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SolarWorld to culminate expansion, adding 350 workers in five months

HILLSBORO, Ore., May 5, 2010 – This week, the SolarWorld group is launching the culminating phase of its employment, equipment and manufacturing ramp in Hillsboro. The company plans to add a total of 350 workers for two factory buildings here by Sept. 30.

The largest and oldest U.S. solar manufacturer, SolarWorld expects to interview many hundreds of job seekers, including soldiers returning from the Mideast, to supply production operators, administrators and engineers at its Hillsboro site. The site will swell from about 650 people now to about 1,000. In all, it will employ about 1,250 people at its U.S. sites, including its plant in Camarillo, Calif.

SolarWorld continues its expansion as several competitors phase out U.S. production to shift overseas. In the works nearly five years, the U.S. expansion to 500 MW of annual capacity has come thanks partly to tax incentives from the city of Hillsboro, the state of Oregon and the U.S. government. Their interest has helped SolarWorld spearhead growth of a solar industry in Oregon at a time of stubborn national unemployment.

"SolarWorld is a great Oregon success story," said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. "This next phase opens the doors of opportunity for hundreds of Oregonians seeking employment and advances the production of clean, renewable energy."

"SolarWorld's announcement that it intends to expand its workforce by more than 300 at its Hillsboro site is another welcome milestone in Oregon's campaign to lead the global green economy," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon's senior senator. "I especially want to applaud SolarWorld’s commitment to focus its efforts on returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. These men and women have made tremendous sacrifices to serve their state and their nation. It is fitting that a company in need of skilled, disciplined and dedicated workers is reaching out to them. I encourage all Oregon businesses to follow their lead."

Over coming months, job seekers can keep track of employment postings and application instructions at the company’s online Job & Career center on its U.S. website (www.solarworld-usa.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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