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Los Angeles utility powers up 11.4-MW (DC) SolarWorld solar system

Adelanto project leads LADWP’s shift to more renewable power generation

CAMARILLO, Calif., July 23, 2012 – At an employee recognition and commissioning event near the town of Adelanto in California's Mojave Desert, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) dedicated the Adelanto Solar Power Plant, an 11.4-megawatt DC solar installation designed and supplied by SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years. The Adelanto project, which features SolarWorld's American-made solar panels and proprietary racking, will harvest the solar energy advantages of clean, renewable power for homes and businesses in Los Angeles.

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Designed and procured by SolarWorld’s engineering, procurement and construction division in Camarillo, Calif., the Adelanto Solar Power Plant pairs the nation’s largest municipal utility with the largest and most experienced American solar manufacturer. Comprised of 46,322 of SolarWorld’s 250-watt solar panels mounted on more than 5 million pounds of the company's Sunfix Ground Mount racking, the system is expected to generate 515,700 MWh of electricity over its 25-year life, the equivalent of powering 85,850 homes each for one year and replacing 290,000 metric tons of CO2.

"The Adelanto project marks an important milestone in the transition of LADWP's power supply from coal power to more renewable sources of energy," said Ronald O. Nichols, general manager of LADWP. "The selection of SolarWorld, a company that designs and manufacturers complete solar systems in America according to the highest quality, safety and environmental standards, gives us the confidence to know that this system will reliably serve our ratepayers for decades into the future."

Located on a 40-acre site 65 miles north of Los Angeles, the Adelanto project features an impressive assortment of domestically produced electrical components. In addition to American-made solar panels and racking, the project’s inverters, connectors, surge arresters, transformers, combiner boxes and switch board all were made in the USA. All told, seven domestic manufacturers employing more 40,000 Americans were involved in the project.

"As we celebrate completion of the Adelanto Solar Power Plant, we applaud LADWP's multi-faceted approach to solar energy deployment," said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. "This project showcases the role that American engineering and manufacturing talent, throughout the entire solar supply chain, can and should play in utility-scale solar development."

The Adelanto Solar Power Plant ties into a switching and converter station at the southern terminus of LADWP’s Southern Transmission System, which links Southern California with wind farms and the existing Intermountain Power Project, a power-generation facility in Utah capable of producing 1,800 megawatts of electricity.

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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 www.solarworld-usa.com.

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