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Made in the USA Foundation taps SolarWorld for Hall of Fame honor

Company’s manufacturing recognized for job creation, competitiveness, standards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 3, 2012 – SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer for more than 35 years, was inducted Monday, July 2, 2012, into the Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame celebrates businesses that demonstrate excellence in U.S. manufacturing. The foundation recognized SolarWorld for its contribution to American job creation, commitment to high U.S. environmental and labor standards, and leadership in fighting for fair global competition in the solar industry.

In a ceremony in Santa Monica, the Made in the USA Foundation honored 20 companies, placing particular emphasis on producers of solar panels and energy-efficient vehicles and the promise that these products hold for increasing American energy independence. SolarWorld, leader of the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), won the award in the solar-panel category. CASM represents about 215 solar producers, installers and other industry employers of nearly 18,000 U.S. workers in promoting sustainable and domestic green-technology production and trade free of illegal foreign government interference.

“We thank the Made in the USA Foundation for recognizing the importance of keeping solar manufacturing on American soil,” said Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., based in Hillsboro, Ore. “Pioneered in America beginning more than 120 years ago, solar manufacturing is a prize national industrial treasure. It grows domestic jobs, furthers innovation through research and development and brightens U.S. prospects for energy independence. SolarWorld proudly accepts this award on behalf of our employees, suppliers and installation partners across the United States as well as the long, multi-company U.S. industrial heritage.”

SolarWorld employs about 1,000 people on its headquarters manufacturing campus in Oregon, and more than 100 more at its commercial hub in Camarillo, Calif. The largest solar producer in the Western Hemisphere, the company operates the region’s only completely vertically integrated solar factory producing crystalline silicon solar technology. SolarWorld’s Camarillo site has operated continuously since the late 1970s, leading the industry in advancing solar-panel technology, improving manufacturing processes and developing consumer protections.

“I have heard many times that ‘nothing is made here,’” said Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation. “SolarWorld has been proving since 1975 that we can produce the best solar panels in the world, according to the highest standards of quality, safety and sustainability, right here at home.”

Since Oct. 19, SolarWorld has led CASM in backing trade cases to hold the Chinese solar industry accountable to U.S. and international trade laws for staging a systematic state-sponsored, export drive to eliminate U.S. manufacturing competition. The U.S. Department of Commerce so far has twice affirmed the trade-case petitions by imposing both preliminary anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties on ballooning Chinese imports that CASM contends has caused at least 12 domestic manufacturers of crystalline silicon solar to downsize or close.

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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