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Timbers, SolarWorld form Landmark Jersey Partnership

Portland Timbers logoSolarWorld becomes Timbers’ official jersey sponsor for 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 24, 2010) – The Portland Timbers and SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in America, today announced a new landmark partnership, making SolarWorld the team’s official jersey sponsor for the 2010 season and the first renewable-energy company to become a jersey partner of a professional soccer franchise in the United States.

SolarWorld, which is connected to the game of soccer on three continents, is one of the largest and most experienced manufacturers of solar technology in the world. It has three plants on the West Coast, including a vertically integrated 500 MW manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Ore.

“I am delighted to partner with SolarWorld on the 2010 Timbers jersey rights,” said Timbers president Merritt Paulson. “We pride ourselves on being a green organization – not just our colors – and partnering with a preeminent sustainable company like SolarWorld is a no-brainer.”

"Soccer is the most international sport," said Boris Klebensberger, U.S. president and COO of SolarWorld. "As a renewable-energy company involved in every major solar market, it's only fitting for us to help support the sport in and around our various sites, including near our U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro."

Along with its partnership with the Timbers, SolarWorld’s involvement in the sport includes a marketing agreement with forward Lucas Podolski of German Bundesliga club FC Cologne, and helping to bring electricity to a community studio in Africa to offer televised broadcasts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup through its Solar2World program, which aids electrification projects in developing countries.

Additionally, SolarWorld is a premier partner and jersey sponsor of the Timbers development team, the Timbers U-23s, which competes in the Premier Development League.

The Timbers kick off the 2010 campaign Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. as they play host to the Rochester Rhinos at PGE Park. The PDL season for the Timbers U-23s begins May 15 at PGE Park.

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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. 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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