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Deploying 72-cell SolarWorld solar panels, USDA system will be biggest in D.C. area

Project totaling 1.6 megawatts of photovoltaics will power office and research facility

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HILLSBORO, Ore., April 23, 2015 – SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for 40 years, has provided 1.6 megawatts of 315-watt, 72-cell monocrystalline solar panels for a project to power the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s George Washington Carver Center.

The four-building office campus houses many members of the federal department’s headquarters staff, including its Agricultural Research Service. The ground-mount system located on 10 acres at the facility in Beltsville, Md., is expected to be the largest solar power system in the Washington, D.C., area.

The system was commissioned in a ceremony on Wednesday, April 22, featuring remarks by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

The installation is the latest in a long series of systems featuring high-quality SolarWorld solar panels that have powered agricultural concerns, ranging from West Coast vineyards to Wisconsin filbert farms to Vermont apple orchards as well as farm-oriented group-buy programs.

Amber Enterprises Inc., a minority-owned firm that undertook engineering, procurement and construction of the Carver Center system, said it was delighted to employ high-quality solar-power technology provided by SolarWorld, the most experienced solar manufacturer operating in the world.

“Whenever we supply a project to support agriculture, we feel kinship with American farmers, who, like us, are constantly honing their technologies for the future,” says Ardes Johnson, U.S. vice president of sales and marketing for SolarWorld. “We’re proud that our solar panels will help power the primary agency charged with supporting and developing this staple U.S. industry and employer.”

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SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, produces and sells high-tech solar power solutions and, in doing so, contributes to a cleaner energy supply throughout the Americas. The company maintains 430 megawatts of annual capacity to produce solar cells and 550 MW of capacity to manufacture solar modules.  The company’s brand stands for a proven track record of quality and reliability, and SolarWorld is the only producer whose industrial lineage has outlived its products’ 25- and 30-year performance guarantees. SolarWorld upholds high social standards and commits itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. With its program Solar2World, the company supports the expansion of solar power in developing countries in Latin America. Connect with SolarWorld on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and www.solarworld-usa.com.

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