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Video chronicles hospital projects in Haiti, debuting Solar2World donation program to aid Latin America

Several new web features highlight SolarWorld’s decades-long commitment to region

HILLSBORO, Ore., Dec. 19, 2011 – A new documentary video fleshes out the impact of SolarWorld’s donation of 100 kilowatts of its high-performance solar panels to power several rural community hospitals in Haiti in systems installed this year. The video, as well as stunning photography, are key features of pages that the company has added to its website. The new pages present a Latin American version of its long-running Solar2World program to donate its solar technology to electrify rural civic projects in communities of the region’s developing economies.

The video traces Solar2World donations in Haiti, both before and after the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, though the Latin American arm of the program also will focus on Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Peru. The U.S. lineage of SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar producer, has grown roots in Latin American for more than three decades. Now, its websites and pages feature its involvement in the region, both in commercial and charitable operations. From other markets, Solar2World has benefited communities on other continents, especially Africa. “The sun knows no borders,” a narrator says in opening the video set in Haiti. “It plays no favorites. It shines on everyone – sometimes where and when it’s needed most. Which brings us – indeed, brought us – to Haiti.”

The video then showcases the projects to install solar systems atop hospitals in three locations of Haiti in partnership with Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF), a U.S. nonprofit that uses sustainable energy to aid development communities, and Partners in Health (PIH), an world medical relief organization. Using donated SolarWorld solar panels, SELF staged a PIH hospital project at Boucain-Carré, Haiti, in 2009. After the earthquake nearly two years ago, SolarWorld provided solar panels to nonprofit Water Missions International for water-pumping stations. It then followed with the 100-kilowatt donation. The video features projects of both types, including PIH hospital projects at Lascahobas, Thomonde and La Colline. Further hospital uses of remaining panels are still pending.

Separately, SolarWorld’s new Latin America website provides information about the company’s on-grid and off-grid products to new customers and directs them to its local distributors there. The website is initially available in English, but will be localized into Spanish and Portuguese by early January.

“Our relationships in Latin America have developed organically over many years, based on relationships founded on enduring trust,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “From time to time, we gather to celebrate our shared vision for generating electricity by tapping the rich sunlight constantly washing over the region. It’s a traditional way of doing business. But while holding onto these traditions, we also now are using the power of the Internet to spell out both the possibilities and availability of our renewable-energy offerings.”

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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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